• STV
  • MySTV

Man shot his neighbour with crossbow after arguments

Ralph Muir fired the weapon at Shaun Reynolds outside his home in Bathgate.

Attack: Man admits crossbow murder bid.
Attack: Man admits crossbow murder bid.

A man has admitted shooting his neighbour with a crossbow during a murder bid.

Ralph Muir fired the weapon at Shaun Reynolds amid claims of tension between the men in May this year.

The 31 year-old was then captured on a woman's iPad screaming: "I'm not leaving here until you are dead."

The victim ended up with an arrow sticking out of his chest but escaped any serious injury.

Muir later told police he wanted to "murder the people" apparently causing him bother at his home in Bathgate, West Lothian.

He appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday and faces a lengthy jail-term when he is sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

The hearing was told there had been "previous arguments" between the men.

Muir had been reported by neighbours at different times for "anti-social behaviour".

'Muir was armed with a crossbow in each of his hands - he pointed one directly at Shaun Reynolds' chest.'
Prosecutor Owen Mullan

On the day of the attack, Muir spotted Mr Reynolds, shouted at him then pointed his hand at him in the shape of a gun.

Prosecutor Owen Mullan then explained: "Minutes later, Muir was armed with a crossbow in each of his hands - he pointed one directly at Shaun Reynolds' chest.

"He activated the trigger firing it within an eight-ten feet range of his chest. Shaun Reynolds was immediately aware of a sharp pain. He saw an arrow sticking out."

The victim decided to yank the arrow out.

Another neighbour recorded part of the incident on her iPad. The footage showed Muir clutching the two crossbows. He was also spotted with a large knife and a silver baseball bat.

Firearms officers soon arrived on the scene. Muir was still in the street and ordered to lie on the ground.

After being held, he stated: "All I remember is having two crossbows. All I wanted to do is murder the people that were causing me hassle.

"I have crossbows for my defence...and with them, I can kill."

Mr Mullan said police then seized a haul of weapons from Muir's home. They found three crossbows, a chainsaw, a baseball bat and a knife.

The hearing was told Mr Reynolds had suffered a single wound to his chest. It was described as "superficial" and he fortunately only needed painkillers.

But one medic said being shot with a crossbow had "the potential to cause life-threatening injuries".

Lady Dorrian remanded Muir in custody as sentencing was deferred for reports until December 13 in Edinburgh.

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.