Scots actor cleared of stabbing brother as case dropped

Paul Brannigan denied attacking his brother before prosecutors decided against proceeding.

Scots actor cleared of stabbing brother as case dropped SNS Group

A Scottish actor has been cleared of repeatedly stabbing his brother after prosecutors binned the case.

Paul Brannigan, 34, was accused of assaulting sibling David Brannigan on New Year’s Day 2020.

The Angels’ Share star was said to have struck his brother on the head and body with a knife at a property in Glasgow’s Parkhead.

Brannigan denied the charge of assault to his brother’s severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of his life.

He was due to go to trial before a jury at Glasgow Sheriff Court. However, he did not appear in the dock on Monday as prosecutor Carrie Stevens decided not to call the case.

A spokesperson for the Crown Office said: “The Procurator Fiscal received a report relating to a 33-year-old man and an incident said to have taken place on January 1, 2020.

“After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, including the available admissible evidence, the Procurator Fiscal decided there should be no proceedings taken at this time. 

“The Crown reserves the right to proceed in the future should further evidence become available.”

The actor, who also appeared in River City and Sunshine on Leith, was also accused of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Brannigan was claimed to have shouted and sworn and thrown objects as well as damage furniture at the house on Stamford Gate.

He was also alleged to have brandished a knife then pursued his brother and a woman.

Brannigan faced a final charge of possessing cocaine at the property where he lives.

He also pleaded not guilty to those accusations.

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