Mar 15 2013 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A man who admitted a knife attack on his ex-girlfriend’s partner was jailed for 30 months at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court this week.
Twenty five-year-old Steven Hynds pleaded guilty to repeatedly striking the man on the body with a knife in Habbieauld Road, Kilmaurs, in November last year.
Jo Cunningham, prosecuting, said that a number of witnesses in the case could be described as “reluctant”.
The victim himself had been unco-operative with the police and had refused to go to hospital.
She told the court that the man and his partner had been drinking at a friend’s house in Kilmaurs where the atmosphere was “described as being good”.
Around midnight the party transferred to Hynds’ home in Habbieauld Road.
At 4am, “for some reason”, Hynds went into the front garden and started shouting.
The other man went out to see what was happening and a fight broke out between the two.
Said Ms Cunningham: “Mr Hynds got the better of the complainer. He was either over the bonnet of a car or on the ground. The accused was seen to be over him and to strike him repeatedly with a knife.”
She said that another man was facing prosecution in relation to the incident.
He had pulled the assault victim to the ground and kicked him, before picking him up and telling him to leave.
He then went on to assault Hynds.
The victim, meanwhile, had gone home and told his mother that he had been stabbed in the back.
At the same time police had received a number of calls about the incident.
They later came across the victim and his girlfriend in the street.
Said Ms Cunningham: “At that time, he refused medical attention or to provide any information to the police.”
He was later found to have three superficial stab wounds to his back.
Hynds, however, sustained “significant injuries”.
Taken to hospital, he had tried to leave without treatment, but his condition was such that this was “almost impossible”.
Kevin McCarron, defending, said that the other man who had become involved had been charged with attempting to murder his client.
He said: “Mr Hynds was struck several time on the head with a wheelie bin. He also had marks which looked like a footprint on his head.”
Mr McCarron conceded that Hynds had a record of using a knife.
He had very little recollection of events.
“Certainly alcohol had been taken by all parties,” he said .
Jailing Hynds, Sheriff Seith Ireland told him: “You have a serious record which includes offences whilst you had a knife.”