Man tried to kill soldier with scissors, knives and boiling water

Dylan Rigby attacked Cobhan McLelland after he found him in bed with his sister.

Man tried to kill soldier with scissors, knives and boiling water STV News

A man has admitted attempting to murder a soldier in Edinburgh after holding him hostage in a flat when he discovered him lying in bed with his sister, a court has heard.

Dylan Rigby, 20, pleaded guilty on Thursday to attacking 18-year-old Cobhan McLelland with scissors, knives and boiling water in a two-hour ordeal at a flat in Kidlaw Close in the Gracemount area of the city in March.

Rigby flew into a rage after discovering McLelland in bed with his sister after returning from a night out at around 6am on Saturday March 22, prosecutor Stephanie Ross told the High Court in Edinburgh.

Rigby threw McLelland to the ground, and repeatedly stamped on and kicked him, before attacking him with a bottle, scissors and a knife and then pouring boiling water over him, she told the court.

Ms Ross said Rigby’s sister was “shouting but he did not stop. As she left she heard the door being locked behind her and she phoned the police”.

As armed police swooped on the property, Rigby put scissors in Mr McLelland’s mouth, threatening to cut off his tongue, as well as terrorising him by making threats to rape and kill him, the prosecutor added.

The charge states the attack was to Mr McLelland’s “severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of his life” and that Rigby “did attempt to murder him”.

Rigby was remanded in custody for a criminal justice social work report to be prepared and will next appear in court on October 28.