A teenager has been locked up after stabbing his friend eight times with a kitchen knife and telling him: “If you die, it is your fault.”
The 17-year-old turned on his victim of the same age at a house party in Inverness in June last year.
The pair had been at the house together with a group of others when an argument broke out and the boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, attacked the other teen.
Emergency services attended and found the injured boy with the attacker still nearby and covered in blood.
The teenager pled guilty to assaulting his friend to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday.
Lord Mulholland remanded the first offender, who had initially faced a charge of attempted murder, in custody pending sentencing next month.
Prosecutor Stephanie Ross said one of the victim’s final memories of that night was being hit and falling into a television.
He then woke up in an ambulance and was told he had been stabbed.
But a witness, who was also in the house at the time later told police the boys had been fighting before the attacker attacked his friend with a kitchen knife.
The court heard he told his victim: “This is what you get for speaking to me like that. If you die, it is your fault.”
The injured boy ended up being treated in a high dependency unit spending a number of nights in hospital.
Niall McCluskey, defending, said his client “saw red” amid claims his friend assaulted him first.
The advocate: “There is no dispute that there was still a potential danger of life (to the victim).”
Mr McCluskey added the teenager had a child with an “older woman”.
Lord Mulholland revoked bail pending sentencing on September 9 in Inverness.
The judge told the 17 year-old: “This was the stabbing of someone eight times with a large kitchen knife.
“His life was in peril potentially. This is a very serious matter you have pled guilty to.”
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