Men in balaclavas burst into flat and threatened to spray victim with 'ammonia'

Andrew Hosie and Stephen Timmons carried out a brutal attack on two men in the flat, slashing one and stabbing the other.

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A two men carried out a brutal attack in a flat – including a threat to spray one victim with ammonia.

Andrew Hosie, 36, and Stephen Timmons, 27, burst into the property in Glasgow’s Cranhill and turned on the two men last September 10.

The victims were at friend’s home when the assailants and an accomplice barged in.

Prosecutor Tracey Brown told the High Court in Glasgow: “All were wearing balaclavas covering their faces, but the eyes were visible.

“They were in possession of knives. One was also had an unknown liquid in a spray bottle.

“The males began shouting, swearing and demanded the men lie on the floor.”

One man was slashed across the forehead.

The other man managed to escape, but not before he was stabbed in the lower chest as he made a getaway.

Ms Brown said: “One of the males turned round with the spray bottle in his hand and said to [one of the victims]: ‘Get to f*** or I will spray you with ammonia’.

“He then sprayed the liquid into his face before taking a mobile phone and leaving.”

Police were alerted by another resident. The stabbing victim was rushed to hospital having suffered a collapsed lung.

He was fortunately able to be discharged on September 19 after treatment.

The other man has been left scarred for life having been slashed.

The liquid sprayed at him was not a chemical and thought to be just water.

CCTV helped snare the attackers due to their “distinctive” clothes and bags they had been carrying.

Hosie and Timmons – via their lawyers Allan MacLeod and Graeme Brown – pleaded guilty to the attacks.

Both victims were assaulted to their severe injury and permanent disfigurement with one to the danger of his life.

The two men already had almost 40 previous convictions between them.

Both flouted community payback orders they were serving at the time for earlier crimes.

The attacks are thought to have occurred following a disagreement over an earlier matter.

Lord Arthurson jailed Hosie for six years and Timmons five and a half years.

The judge: “These were concerted and clearly planned attacks upon your victims.”

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