Jail sentences were handed down to the two people responsible for what was described as an ‘evil’ attack on a well known Moray entertainer.
June McIntosh, 60, from Ruthven and 45-year-old John Fisher from Wishaw appeared for sentence at Elgin Sheriff Court on Thursday, having earlier been found guilty of the attack on club singer Andy Leyton James at his home in Findochty.
The pair were each sentenced to 33 months for the assault on the entertainer. The court had heard how the pair had let themselves into Mr Leyton James’ home at Reidhaven Crescent through an unlocked door before striking him repeatedly with an axe and stabbing him with a knife.
Mr Leyton James, 56, had escaped to a neighbour’s home after the attack on February 2 last year, before being taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin.
When McIntosh and Fisher were found guilty in December investigating officer Detective Sergeant Neil Campbell praised the local community for their help in the investigation, adding: “This was a targeted and nasty assault on an individual who was simply going about their own business.
“We welcome the conviction of John Fisher and June McIntosh who must now pay for their part in this despicable incident.”
Following Thursday’s verdict Mr Leyton James said that he will likely never know the reason behind the assault but was not determined to move on with his life.