Man accused of attempted murder with chainsaw

David Scott, 23, has been accused of attacking one man with a chainsaw and another with a machete.

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A man has denied attempting to murder someone with a chainsaw.

David Scott, 23, has been accused of attacking Cameron Baxter, 35, at an address in Blackburn’s Rowan Place, West Lothian, on May 6.

It is alleged he started up a chainsaw and then struck Mr Baxter with it.

Scott also denies assaulting Connor Smith by throwing a machete at him and striking him on the leg.

He is also charged with earlier approaching Mr Baxter, Mr Smith and Craig McCormack while masked and in possession of a knife, repeatedly discharging an air rifle and brandishing a machete and a chainsaw.

Scott is also accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by running from police and hiding in a sofa at a house in Mosside Road, Blackburn.

At the High Court in Glasgow on Friday, Scott’s solicitor, advocate Ewan Roy, entered not guilty pleas to all the charges.

Scott was not in court during the hearing.

Mr Roy said: “A special defence of self defence has been lodged. I am ready for trial, although we are not in a position to set a trial. The trial is expected to last five or six days.”

The case is ready to proceed, however due to the coronavirus pandemic a trial date cannot be set.

Judge Lord Beckett continued the case until December where it is hoped a trial could be set then.