Sep 28 2012 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A man released from prison in May after serving part of a five-year sentence for attempted murder is back behind bars.
Paul Banks, 23, of Forth Road, Kilmarnock, was jailed for eight months last week after admitting offensive weapon and police assault charges.
But Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that the offences had already led to him being recalled to prison to serve the remainder of the five-year term.
Allan Kerr, defending, said sentence on the new matters had been deferred to await a decision by the parole board on Banks’ status.
He told Sheriff Elizabeth McFarlane: “I can now inform you they have revoked his licence. He has been returned to prison for approximately 18 months, with a release date in January 2014.”
Stewart McMillan, prosecuting, said Banks had been seen on CCTV carrying a hammer in Wellington Street, Kilmarnock, at 3.30am on August 1.
He said: “Police spoke to the accused and he said it was for protection. He was taken to the police station and, while being processed, attempted to strike an officer on the face.”
Mr Kerr said that, until committing these offences Banks had stayed out of trouble since his release in May.
The solicitor said: “He had been taking alcohol combined with other substances.”
The eight-month term imposed by Sheriff McFarlane will run concurrently to the attempted murder sentence.
Banks was jailed for five years in January 2009 after pleading guilty to trying to kill an 18-year-old man he believed to be his love rival.
The High Court heard he grabbed a knife and stabbed the man at the Kilmarnock home of his former girlfriend.
By the time his victim reached hospital for emergency treatment he had no blood pressure and had to be resuscitated.
That, said judge Lord Brailsford, made it clear that he was “very close to death”.
The teenager was taken to Crosshouse Hospital with deep stab wounds, a blood clot next to his heart, internal bleeding in the chest cavity and severed liver. Medics said if he hadn’t got urgent attention the injuries would have proved fatal.