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Victim loses an eye in Inverness man's knife attack on best pal


By Ali Morrison

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The victim was taken to hospital and found to have major injuries to both legs, abdomen and left eye and underwent surgery.
The victim was taken to hospital and found to have major injuries to both legs, abdomen and left eye and underwent surgery.

A man who launched a brutal knife attack on his best friend which cost the victim an eye was jailed for four years and eight months.

David Wallace (36) repeatedly stabbed Robin Clark on the head and body during the attack at a house in Inverness.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that the victim pleaded with his assailant to stop and ran out into the street shouting for help.

A judge told Wallace: "This was a vicious attack which has resulted in the loss of an eye and permanent scarring."

Lord Ericht told the knife attacker that he would have faced a five-year jail term had he not pled guilty, but the discount on his sentence would be limited because of the late stage in proceedings when the plea was made.

The court heard that Wallace was previously jailed for assault involving the use of a bottle and has a conviction for weapon possession.

Father-of-five Wallace was originally charged with attempting to murder Mr Clark on September 27, 2021 at an address in Rosehaugh Road.

But before the start of a trial, he admitted assaulting the victim to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment by repeatedly striking him with a knife.

Wallace and the victim had been drinking before Mr Clark went to a bedroom to sleep when he was subjected to the attack. Drugs were also taken at the house.

Advocate depute Derick Nelson said the victim ran out into the street after the assault appealing for help.

He said Mr Clark recalled feeling he was about to pass out when he was approached by two females who went to his aid.

The victim was taken to hospital and found to have major injuries to both legs, abdomen and left eye and underwent surgery. He later had further surgery to remove the eye.

Defence solicitor advocate Marco Guarino said: "This is a very, very significant assault and it is indeed a very significant tragedy for all parties."

He told the court: "These men have been best friends for over two decades. There has never been any issues between him and the complainer in the past."

Mr Guarino said Wallace described himself as "a binger" and added: "There is no doubt this matter blew up out of intoxication.

"On the day in question there had been a fairly heavy drinking session during which parties were taking drugs."

Mr Guarino said Wallace was working at a factory before losing his job some months before the crime.


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