Man captured on mobile phone footage trying to kill stranger

Aaron McAllister punched, kicked and stabbed Glen Mitchell twice outside the victim's home in Aberdeen.

Aaron McAllister attacked and stabbed Glen Mitchell outside victim’s home in Aberdeen iStock

A man was caught on mobile phone footage trying to kill a stranger.

Aaron McAllister, 30, punched, kicked and stabbed Glen Mitchell twice outside the victim’s home in Marischal Court, Aberdeen on January 30, 2021.

The 42-year-old had been returning from buying food with his friends when he was confronted by McAllister.

The men started arguing before a fight broke out in the car park.

Prosecutor Leigh Lawrie told the High Court in Glasgow on Friday that McAllister then pulled out a knife.

She went on: “McAllister struck him on the abdomen. Mr Mitchell cried out in pain and fell to the ground.

“He then struck him again this time on the left side of the abdomen.

“There were eight seconds between the blows.”

Residents became aware of a commotion outside and one recorded the incident on a mobile phone, which was played at the hearing on Friday. 

The attacker was captured knifing Mr Mitchell then standing with arms outstretched and yelling at the stricken victim: “I am Aaron McAllister”.

Mr Mitchell ended up in hospital suffering from two stab wounds.

McAllister was identified from the footage and handed himself into police the next day.

He pled guilty to an attempted murder charge.

McAllister is currently being treated at the State Hospital in Carstairs.

He was previously diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. 

Lord Richardson imposed an interim compulsion order for McAllister to remain at Carstairs for treatment.

The case was adjourned until June.