A TEENAGE thug is facing jail after being convicted of stabbing a woman in an unprovoked daylight attack as she walked along to a public park.
Joe Dallas knifed the 33-year-old in the shoulder on a path leading to Hailes Quarry Park in Wester Hailes after seemingly selecting his victim at random.
The 17-year-old admitted carrying out the callous attack on defenceless Timea Borsos during an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday.
Dallas, of West Winnelstrae, near Pilton Drive, will now be the subject of reports to determine his sentence, which is to be imposed next month.
The teenager, who was 16 years old at the time of the assault, put up his hood and refused to speak about the case as he left court yesterday.
Ms Borsos was left in agony after being stabbed by Dallas with a knife at around 11.15am on July 29 last year on a path leading into the park near Kings- knowe Court.
The attack sparked a police manhunt and public appeal for witnesses, which led to Dallas’s arrest by officers two days after the incident.
Dallas had approached Ms Borsos and engaged her in a brief conversation. Unaware she was in danger, Ms Borsos kept walking towards the park when she suddenly saw Dallas running back towards her. Clutching the knife, the thug stabbed her in the shoulder before running off towards a nearby children’s play park.
Shocked passers-by in the park, which is popular with youngsters and dog walkers, came running to her aid. Ms Borsos was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment to her injury.
Despite her ordeal, Ms Borsos was able to give a detailed description of her assailant who was wearing a hooded top.
Detectives appealed for information to help catch the attacker while extra police were drafted into the area while he remained on the loose. Police chiefs believed the random assault was an “isolated incident” but called in additional resources to reassure a worried public.
Detective Inspector Neil Spowart, who led the investigation, said at the time that Ms Borsos was the victim of an “unprovoked attack” which left her nursing a “serious injury”.
DI Spowart added: “She has been left understandably distressed.”
Ms Borsos, who was not in court for yesterday’s hearing, provided Sheriff Kenneth Drummond QC with a victim impact statement detailing the personal fall-out from her ordeal.
Sheriff Drummond deferred sentence until March 18 for community justice and social work reports to be compiled. Dallas’s bail was continued.
Outside court and flanked by two supporters, Dallas immediately lit a cigarette and refused to comment on the case. His defence solicitor, Angus McLennan, also declined to comment on the hearing.
Ms Borsos could not be reached for comment last night.