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James Muirhead who attacked cyclist with machete in Glasgow butcher’s shop jailed

James Muirhead who attacked cyclist with machete in Glasgow butcher’s shop jailed

A man who attacked a cyclist with a machete in a butcher’s shop after recently being released from prison has been jailed for more than five years.

James Muirhead turned on the man after chasing him down Duke Street in Glasgow on the morning of September 4 last year.

A judge heard the 26-year-old was angry with the victim, who blamed Muirhead for a series of alleged ‘incidents’ involving family members.

The man suffered a number of injuries including a fractured skull after being attacked while lying on the floor of the store.

Muirhead was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday.

He had pleaded guilty last month to assaulting the man causing serious injuries, permanent disfigurement and endangering his life.

It turned out that he had only been back on the streets about six weeks after being released from a previous prison sentence.

One of his many previous convictions included a five-year prison sentence in 2016 for taking part in a violent raid on a man’s home in which his car and cash were stolen in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.

Muirhead was jailed for five years and four months for the latter crime.

After his release, he was supervised for another three years.

Lady Drummond noted that Muirhead appeared to harbor “a bad feeling” towards the victim.

She added: “Had such selfless and courageous members of the public not intervened (in the attack) then the outcome could have been very different.”

The court previously heard Muirhead was in a car on Duke Street when his victim rode past on his bicycle.

The thief jumped out of the car and immediately ran after the man.

Prosecutor Lindsey Dalziel said: “Muirhead attacked him as (the victim) fell to the floor of a butcher’s shop.

“He kept hitting him with the machete.

“Members of the public pulled Muirhead away from (the victim).”

Muirhead fled the scene before the man was rushed to hospital.

He claimed not to know who attacked him, but went on to say it was “three men.”

In addition to the skull fracture, he also suffered wounds to his hand and arm.

CCTV footage of the attack helped nab Muirhead and he was detained by police.

Euan Dow, defending, said Muirhead had previously considered ‘harming’ the man but had ‘thought it through better’.

The lawyer continues: “On the day in question his judgment was impaired and he unexpectedly encountered (the victim).

“He then behaved in the violent manner that we saw.”

Lady Drummond said the prison sentence would have been eight years if no guilty plea had been entered.

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