An angry father who stabbed a fellow parent 13 times outside a school their children attended has been jailed in Glasgow.
Stephen Savage, 38, ambushed the father of another five-year-old boy he blamed for bullying his son and lashed out with a knife outside Caledonia Primary School in the Baillieston area of the city on January 20.
Victim William Punshon, 38, suffered 13 stab wounds and later received an apology from police who admitted they had ignored warnings that Savage had threatened to strike.
Savage, of Hamilton Road, Broomhouse, Glasgow, was accused of attempted murder after the stabbing but his guilty plea to a reduced charge of assault to the endangerment of life was accepted.
He also admitted making threats to his victim’s wife Julie Punshon, 43, earlier that day.
He was jailed for four and a half years on Thursday at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Defence advocate Allan Macleod told the court: "The red mist came down."
The lawyer told how Savage, lacking a father-figure in his own life, had become an over-protective parent.
He said: "When he attended school that morning he observed his child being shouted at.
"His reaction to that was to confront the mother of the child he believed to be responsible for the bullying. His polite request to the mother, he felt, was not being taken seriously."
The court heard Savage brooded all day and became more and more worked up before returning to the school with a knife.
Mr Macleod said: "When he saw Mr Punshon that afternoon he saw red. He described the red mist descending.
"He realises now that this behaviour was disgraceful. It was a very immature and inappropriate reaction to a matter which should have been solved by discussion."
Prosecutor advocate depute Murdo MacTaggart told how the Punshons drove to the school to pick up their son and a black car drove up at speed and blocked the road.
Savage got out and forced his way into Mr Punshon's car as he was trying to lock the door.
"Without any provocation, the accused began striking William Punshon," said the prosecutor.
Mr Punshon was stabbed in the thigh as he tried to disarm his attacker and blood was running down his face as he was repeatedly struck with the knife.
"William Punshon believed at that time that he was going to die," said Mr MacTaggart.
Sentencing Savage judge Lord Bracadale said: "Your conduct at the school gates was bad enough. What you did in the afternoon is of a completely different order."
Mr MacTaggart said Julie Punshon had reported Savage's threats to stab her husband to the police and to the school.
Superintendent Eddie Smith, of Strathclyde Police, said the force had since met with the family and apologised.
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