Feb 8 2012 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A TEENAGE thug was sentenced to more than five years in prison for a blade attack on a man in Airdrie that left the victim scarred for life.
Christopher Morley (17) whose address was given as HM Young Offenders Institute Polmont, appeared from custody at Airdrie Sheriff Court to be sentenced for the attack on Lee Foley in Thrashbush Quadrant on September 13 last year.
Morley repeatedly punch and kicked his victim on the head and then struck him with a knife to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement the sheriff court was told.
The teenage victim was then robbed of his mobile phone.
Mr Foley was left needing 30 stitches following the blade assault by Morley.
Morley’s defence agent told the sheriff court in mitigation: “He is a young man with an unsteady upbringing.
“There have been suggestions that he suffers from a mental health problem and reports were called for.
“He was making some progress before this period of remand.
“Morley is a young boy who still has a chance of making a decent life for himself.”
Morley was on licence at the time of the attack, the court heard.
Before passing sentence, Sheriff Robert Dickson said: “At the age of 15 you (Morley) were convicted of assaulting someone with a machete, at the age of 16 you were convicted of assaulting someone with a weapon and endangering their life.
“A large portion of that sentence was outstanding.
“I’m sentencing you to three months for the outstanding sentence thereafter because of the gravity of the crime and because it’s a crime with violence – yet again.
“I need to protect the public from you and as such I am sentencing you to five years and three months.”
The sheriff ordered the two sentences to run consecutively.
He also imposed an extended licence on Morley of two and a half years after completion of his time in custody.
He then told Morley: “You will only be released when the parole board make that decision, and I will be sending in a report to them.”