Knife thug slashed hole in man’s cheek

Livingston Sheriff Court
Livingston Sheriff Court
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A DRUNKEN thug who slashed a pub-goer across the face in a completely unprovoked attack has been jailed for four years.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard that Neil McFadyen, 55, struck so hard with the blade that it sliced through the man’s cheek, leaving a gaping hole.

His victim Michael Maina was then forced to relive his ordeal by giving evidence at his attacker’s trial in July.

McFadyen, from Livingston, had denied carrying out the knife attack in The Harvester pub in his home town in February 2011. But a jury found him guilty after trial by majority of assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Raymond McMenamin, defending, said a psychiatric report showed that McFadyen had previously suffered “significant mental health problems”.

Jailing McFadyen, Sheriff Liz Jarvie told him: “This was a completely unprovoked attack which left a man with significant scarring on his face. You have significant previous and relevant convictions and in my view the only appropriate sentence is a custodial one.”