Man cleared of murder bid is jailed

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A GANGSTER acquitted of attempted murder 20 minutes into his trial was previously jailed for seven years after being caught with an arsenal of weapons including a sub-machine gun.

James “Jasper” McCann was accused of trying to kill Portobello garage owner Gordon Archibald in a savage knife attack.

The Crown dropped the allegation after only one witness had taken the stand at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, but McCann was put straight back behind bars.

The 41-year-old, from Glasgow, was returned to Addiewell Prison in West Lothian after the attempted murder charge was dropped.

It is understood that McCann was sent back to jail over the violation of his 
parole for the 2006 weapons conviction.

The cache of weapons was found by Strathclyde Police during a search of two homes in the Glasgow area.

The Crown had alleged that Mr McCann had repeatedly struck Mr Archibald, 52, on the head and body with a blade at the AGS Motors garage in Portobello High Street on February 17 last year.

But advocate depute Ashley Edwards yesterday told temporary judge Sean Murphy QC that she was no longer seeking a conviction.