A man tried to kill a patron who attempted to calm him down after he was kicked out of a pub.
Oliver Winters repeatedly slashed the man with a Stanley knife near to McCallum’s Bar in Johnstone, Renfrewshire last December 16.
One wound on the victim’s neck was close to major blood vessels including his jugular vein and carotid artery.
Winters is now behind bars after he pleaded guilty to an attempted murder charge at the High Court in Glasgow.
The 31-year-old – who already had 24 previous convictions – will be sentenced at a later date.
Prosecutor James Irvine told how both men had been in the busy pub, but were not in each other’s company.
Winters was later escorted out by staff following a “disturbance”.
Mr Irvine said: “Winters was then heard shouting, swearing and issuing challenges to fight.
“[The victim] and another man left the bar to de-escalate the situation.
“[The victim] approached Winters and stated: ‘What are you playing at?’.”
There ended up a struggle in the street before Winters was clocked brandishing a six-inch Stanley knife taken from his jacket.
The victim tried to jump a fence to get away, but fell on his back.
Mr Irvine said: “While the man was on the ground, Winters repeatedly struck him on the head and body with the knife.
“[The victim] used his hands to try and protect his face.”
The blood-soaked victim suffered wounds to his face, neck, wrist and chest. He managed to get back into the pub to get help.
He later needed an operation to repair severe damage to a tendon and nerve in his wrist. As a result, it is unlikely he will regain full feeling in one of his fingers.
Winters was arrested the next day at his mother’s home in Paisley, also Renfrewshire.
Sentencing was deferred for reports.
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