Man slashed with knife at Fife hostel




A man was slashed in the face with a Stanley knife in a disturbance at a Dunfermline homeless hostel. 

Marc Hamilton (35) went to the James Bank Hostel  late at night when he was drunk, acting aggressively and asked about accommodation there.

He then produced a knife and attacked a man.

Hamilton, who had been living at Broomhead Drive, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. 

He admitted that on 12th May at the James Bank Hostel, James Street, Dunfermline, he assaulted a man by repeatedly attempting to strike him with knife, did strike him with a knife, struggled with him and headbutted him, all to his injury. 

He also admitted being unlawfully in possession of a knife at the hostel and elsewhere in Dunfermline. 

He also breached a home curfew bail conditions. 

Depute fiscal Alex Kirk said Hamilton had gone to the hostel at 10.50pm and was acting aggressively towards a member of the security staff. 

He then took out a knife and began striking a glass window with it before thrusting it towards the face of  a former resident at the hostel. 

The Stanley knife struck the victim above his nose and blood started coming from the wound. Hamilton then headbutted him. 

Defence solicitor Roshni Joshi said her client had a history of heavy drinking and substance misuse. 

“On this occasion he was heavily under the influence of drink and drugs and his memory is very limited of these events,” she added. 

Sheriff Craig McSherry jailed Hamilton for 27 months.


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