Teenager faces court over alleged stab attack in Leith

By Shaun Milne

A TEENAGER will appear in court today (Fri) charged with stabbing a man in the stomach.

The 19-year-old man is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with serious assault and robbery following an incident in the Leith area on Monday, August 30.

His alleged victim, a 36 year old man, had been walking in Great Junction Street around 3pm when the alleged attack happened.

He suffered a stab wound to his abdomen and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment.

Police, who appealed for witnesses at the time, confirmed a teenager was due to face a Sheriff later today.

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Murder Accused Appears In Court Over Mirza Death

By Paul Thornton

A 48-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court charged with murder following the death of Edinburgh man Mohammad Mirza.

Mr Mirza, 47, died following an incident at his Stenhouse Gardens North flat in the city on Wednesday.

Today (Fri) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court Mustafa Elsherski appeared in private on petition.

Elsherski, also from Edinburgh, made no plea or declaration to charges of murder and assault to injury.

He was committed for further examination and remanded following a brief appearance before Sheriff John Horsburgh.

Man Arrested Over Late Night Edinburgh Stabbing Horror

By Paul Thornton

DETECTIVES probing the death of a man at an Edinburgh flat had been investigating a series of vandalism attacks on a car outside the same address before the tragedy, it was revealed today (Mon).

Lothian and Borders Police were called previously to probe a spate of tyres being slashed and bodywork being daubed with spray paint and were called again at the flat in Stenhouse Gardens North as recently as Monday.

Today they were instead probing the death of a 47-year-old man – who has not been named – after being called to the scene shortly before 10pm on Wednesday night after reports he had been stabbed.

It was not know if the incidents were related.

Forensic teams, a police command unit and uniformed officers conducted door to door inquiries and hunted for clues as patrol cars blocked off the adjacent streets.

But they confirmed that a 48-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident and was expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow (Fri). Continue reading

Nine year-old boy witnessed bizarre stabbing

By Michael MacLeod

A MAN who stabbed himself in the neck and chest with a knife in front of a nine year-old boy has avoided a jail sentence.

Gordon McMillanGordon McMillan, 25, had asked the terrified child to stab him with the blade but began hacking and slashing at himself.

The young boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, fled a flat in horror as McMillan inflicted life-threatening injuries on himself with a knife.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told that the boy could hear “slicing” sounds and immediately ran to his home to tell his family what had happened.

Today (Mon) McMillan was put on a 15 month probation order.

Police officers and paramedics raced to the scene and found McMillan covered in knife wounds with the blood stained knife by his side on March 15 last year.
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Yob stabbed ex who turned up at his home

By Paul ThorntonA CALLOUS cad who stabbed an ex because she turned up at his home the day after he dumped her has been jailed.

Stuart Nicol, 31, told Jeneane Varty that he had only used her for sex and no longer wanted to see her after a fling in September this year.

But when the 30-year-old woman went to his Edinburgh home the next day to pick up some photographs, Nicol stabbed her in twice.

Miss Varty staggered home before an ambulance raced her to hospital where she was treated for wounds to her chest and head.

Nicol later told police that Miss Varty “deserved it” because she would not leave him alone.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court the cold-hearted thug was jailed for two years after he admitted assaulting Miss Varty with a knife.

Fiscal depute Aidan Higgins told the court how the two lovers had been introduced to each other in the last week of September this year by a mutual friend.

They then spent most of that week at his Lauriston Place flat in Edinburgh.

But the night before the attack, which happened on October 4, Nicol dumped Varty, humiliating her in front of a friend.

Mr Higgins said: “The accused told her in front of another male that he did not want to continue the relationship and that he had only used her for sex.

“On being told this Miss Varty was greatly upset and left to return to where she was staying.”

The next day Miss Varty returned to Nicol’s home where she asked him to return some photographs she had left there.

Nicol claimed he knew nothing of the photographs and told her.

Mr Higgins said: “The accused made to close the door of the flat but Miss Varty put her foot in the opening to prevent him from doing this.

“The accused then told Miss Varty that he was going to stab her.”

Following their whirlwind week Miss Varty claimed she believed he was either joking or simply trying to scare her until Nicol produced the knife and struck out at her twice.

Miss Varty fled from the scene and returned home where a member of staff at the hostel where she was staying called the police while she was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

There she was treated for a 1cm stab wound to her chest and a small cut on her head but made a full recovery.

Officers interviewed Nicol who told them Miss Varty was loopy.

He said: “She deserved it, she is just f****** loopy. I don’t care what happens. She would not leave me f****** alone.”

Nicol’s solicitor, David Storrie, said Miss Varty, who is a registered alcoholic, had punched his client after the break-up and that he had told her to leave his home politely before stabbing her.

Mr Storrie said the incident had been a “momentary lapse of control” by Nicol who, he said, had shown respect and thoughtfulness during a battle against drink.

But Sheriff Kathrine Mackie said: “From your replies to the police it would seem to me that you have been anything but thoughtful to the complainer and have shown her no respect whatsoever.

“Your reply suggests to me that you have absolutely no remorse for what you have done.”

Sheriff Mackie said the fact he had brought the blade from his kitchen before answering the door showed he had acted in pre-meditation and that he was lucky his victim’s injuries were not worse.

She sentenced him to two years in prison, which she had reduced from three years because he pleaded guilty.