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HMA v Aymen Bejaoui


Jul 3, 2023

At the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Matthews sentenced Aymen Bejaoui to 7 years and 6 months imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to attempted murder.

On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following remarks in court

"You pled guilty to attempted murder in circumstances which were described at the last hearing.

You and the complainer, whom you knew, met in Clyde Street, when you pulled out a knife and threatened to kill him. Whether that was an empty threat or not at the time, a few hours later in Union Street, in full view of members of the public, you ran towards the complainer and struck him twice on the chest with a knife.

Two female police officers who happened to be nearby very bravely intervened. One of them, PC Laura Begbie, kicked the knife from your hand and stood on it, before her colleague PC Elspeth Stevenson managed to place you in handcuffs.

The complainer suffered a collapsed lung and a chest drain was inserted. He will have permanent scarring and is lucky to be alive. Had it not been for prompt medical attention it is likely that he would have died.

I have read the Criminal Justice Social Work Report and taken account of what has been said on your behalf.

You claim that there was a history of bullying by the complainer and threats made by him to you but assuming that to be true, you should have gone to the police.

Instead you threatened him with a knife and attempted to murder him.

Mr Sweeney has said all that could be said but there is in truth very little mitigation other than your lack of previous involvement with the police.

Had this matter gone to trial you would have gone to prison for ten years. In view of your plea at a preliminary hearing you will instead be sentenced to imprisonment for a period of seven years and six months. The sentence will run from 15 August 2022, when you first appeared in court."

3 July 2023