Two sentenced for attempted murder in Kirkcaldy

Published 14 December 2018

Two people who attacked a man with a sword and a machete in Kirkcaldy have today (14th December 2018) been sentenced to prison.

Leeanne NapierLeeanne Napier and Mark Wilson, both now aged 36, were convicted at Livingston High Court on 19th November 2018 for the attempted murder of a 48-year-old man in Miller Street.

Napier and Wilson attended the man's house around 4pm on 21st April 2018 over an ongoing dispute. As soon as he opened the door, they began their attack.

The victim attempted to run back into the property, where he was followed and where Napier and Wilson continued to stab and slash him.

The man, who sustained a number of serious injuries to his face and body, has managed to take hold of one of the weapons and the duo have fled the property.

Members of the public have contacted police after seeing the victim in the street covered in blood.

Officers have attended and recovered the weapon, and the Scottish Ambulance Service have taken the victim to the Victoria Hospital.

Officers have then received further calls relating to a man with a weapon and a woman with bloodstained clothing in the Bandon Avenue and Windmill Green areas.

On a search of the area a second weapon, described as being a 'Samurai'-style sword, has been found hidden in the hedge of a property in Windmill Green.

Napier has then made her way to Victoria Hospital and been subsequently arrested there, while Wilson was traced and arrested at an address in Kilda Crescent.

At Glasgow High Court, Wilson has now been sentenced to 12 years while Napier has been given 10 years in prison.

Detective Constable Sam Girdwood of Kirkcaldy CID, who led this investigation, said: "This was a vicious and sustained attack which has left the victim with permanent scarring to his face and body.

"Such violence on our streets is unacceptable. This incident caused serious alarm to the local community, and we welcome a custodial sentence for Napier and Wilson.

"I want to commend and thank the members of the public who called police and quickly helped us establish the movements of Napier and Wilson.

"This enabled us to secure vital evidence and swiftly trace both the weapons and those responsible.

"Be assured that we will continue to use all resources at our disposal to tackle violence and bring those responsible for such crimes to justice."

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