Ten years in jail for knifeman who tried to murder convicted killer, his wife and daughter; VICIOUS THUG CAGED FOR CAR PARK BLOODBATH Court told of 'terrible injuries' that left victims scarred for life.
Byline: firstname.lastname@example.org JAMES MULHOLLAND
A MAN who stabbed a notorious killer during an attack in which he also wounded the former convict's wife and daughter was yesterday jailed for 10 years.
Matthew Boyle, 42, knifed John Gallagher, 64, his wife Sylvia, 55, and their daughter Charlie, 30, during the attack outside the Broadsword Bar in Aberdeen on August 30, 2015.
The High Court in Aberdeen heard the couple had been visiting their daughter at the time.
Gallagher had made his life in the Highlands after being released from a 20-year sentence imposed in 1979 for murdering a Glasgow butcher during a bungled burglary.
The court heard that on the night of the attack, Sylvia had arranged to meet friends for a reunion at the Broadsword.
They were assaulted by Boyle in the car park as they went home in the early hours of the morning.
Boyle, who was found guilty aged 16 at the High Court of a similar assault, was convicted after jurors rejected a claim he had been acting in self-defence.
At the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, judge Lord Burns ordered Boyle to be supervised by the authorities following his release from custody for four years.
He added: "You found a weapon and inflicted terrible injuries on your victims.
"Given the circumstances, I must impose an extended sentence."
Boyle's pal Kevin Deans had faced the same attempted murder charges as him but was cleared.
The court heard the attack happened after Gallagher challenged Deans for making jibes at Charlie.
Boyle ended up stabbing Gallagher, Sylvia and Charlie, leaving them with life-threatening injuries. All three said they had been scarred for life.
As he was being led to the cells, Boyle shouted: "I'm not a f*****g threat to anyone. I was f*****g defending myself for f***'s sake."
In 1979, Gallagher and David Cochrane were jailed for life after beating 64-year-old butcher Thomas Woods to death with iron bars for less than PS100.
They also tried to kill Brian Coppins, an off-duty policeman, in the attack in Gallowgate, Glasgow.
RELIEF Killer Gallagher with wife and daughter after Matthew Boyle was convicted of stabbing them. Pic: Newsline Media
VIOLENT Matthew Boyle is led away after being found guilty of attack
GUILTY Boyle, left, said knifings were self-defence