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Golf course chainsaw attacker jailed for murder bid

Joe Brown, 45, tried to kill Arthur Innes, 61, at Caird Park Golf club in Dundee.

Attempted murder: Joe Brown jailed.
Attempted murder: Joe Brown jailed. stv

A man who tried to kill a stranger with a chainsaw at a golf club has been jailed for more than eight years.

Joe Brown, 45, smiled as he repeatedly struck Arthur Innes with the power tool during the attack which left him scarred for life.

Brown returned to the dock for sentencing on Friday a month after he admitted attempting to murder Mr Innes, 61, at Caird Park Golf Club in Dundee in May this year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Brown, who was wearing only a pair of jeans at the time, approached Mr Innes and his friends Ian Martin, 61, and Matthew Waterson, 71, with the chainsaw in his hands.

He targeted the group while they were getting golf clubs out of their cars.

Brown walked up to Mr Martin and said: "Madness is in the eyes, madness is in the eyes."

Mr Martin said the attacker was smiling and said his eyes were "bulging" out of his head. He was wearing no top and no shoes.

Seconds later, Brown pulled the chainsaw cord and it started immediately. 

Mr Innes was wedged between cars in the car park and could not escape.

Cordon: Police at scene.
Cordon: Police at scene. STV

Brown raised the chainsaw and brought it down towards Mr Innes, who put up his arm to protect himself and was struck on the upper arm.

Prosecutor Owen Mullan said: "The accused against struck Mr Innes with the chainsaw, scraping it down the right side of his head and the top of his right shoulder.

"As the accused did this Mr Innes turned to face him, put his head down and barged into him, forcing him backwards."

The attacker then ran off after dropping the chainsaw.

Doctors who treated Mr Innes at Ninewells hospital in Dundee said that he was lucky the wounds were not deeper.

He suffered a significant scar to his arm and another lesser scar to his head.

Almost two hours later at 3.50pm, Brown approached Andrew Hay, who was on his mobile phone, at the Kingsway and said: "I'm asking you for help."

He then punched Mr Hay and pushed him to the ground before running off.

'It was like something out of a horror film.'
Judge Lord Matthews

A search of Brown's home in Dalclaverhouse, Dundee, revealed a cannabis farm, 36 ecstasy tablets and 34 grams of cocaine.

Last month Brown pleaded guilty to the assaults, attempted murder, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possession of the other drugs.

During sentencing Judge Lord Matthews told Brown: "This was a dreadful offence. It was like something out of a horror film.

"This was a man going out to play golf and then being confronted by someone with a chainsaw.

"It must have been unimaginable."

Brown was jailed for a total of eight years and three months and will also be supervised for a further three years on his release.

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