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Man tried to kill pensioner in drug-fuelled violence spree

The 22-year-old admitted attacking seven people including three pensioners.

Assaults: Jamieson attacked seven people.
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A man who attacked seven people and tried to kill a pensioner in his own home after a cocaine and booze binge has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Michael Jamieson, from West Lothian, admitted attempted murder, assault and vandalism against several people including a 79-year-old woman and 82-year-old man.

The 22-year-old had been consuming alcohol and class A drugs through the night and into the morning of Saturday, November 3, when the violence took place.

At around 7am that day he began to cause a disturbance within an address in West Calder before biting the 61-year-old homeowner to the arm.

After leaving the property, Jamieson forced his way in to a home in Polbeth Road, where he strangled and punched a 79-year-old man to the ground before stamping on his head and causing him to lose consciousness.

He then attacked the man's 79-year-old wife, who was also within the house, as she tried to call police.

The woman eventually managed to contact the police but prior to their arrival Jamieson attacked an 82-year-old man on the street by grabbing him by the hair, forcing him to the ground and trying to hit him with a brick.

"Three of those attacked, were assaulted within their on homes and were left deeply distressed by the levels of violence and aggression displayed by Jamieson."
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Batten.

A 20-year-old man who witnessed this assault and attempted to intervene was then punched to the face.

Jamieson, who was topless and only wearing a pair of orange shorts and white trainers during the attacks, also admitted to assaulting another man at his front door and spitting on a female police officer.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Batten, from Livingston CID, said: "While alcohol and drugs will have played a part in Jamieson's violent behaviour, his actions are inexcusable and resulted in a number of people sustaining various injuries.

"Three of those attacked, were assaulted within their own homes and were left deeply distressed by the levels of violence and aggression displayed by Jamieson.

"Members of the local community attempted to come to the assistance of their neighbours and to subdue Jamieson. There efforts should be recognised and commended.

"This sentence should reflect the joint commitment of Police Scotland and COPFS in removing violent criminals from our streets and ensuring they receive custodial sentences for their offences."

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