Two years for knife attacker

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A Hawick man who attacked a woman with a knife over an alleged drug debt, has been jailed for two years.

The victim escaped with superficial cuts to her face, after Edward Tams struck her twice with a knife in Hawick’s Dovecot Mews on March 25.

At Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday, Sheriff Kevin Drummond told the 52-year-old accused, it was “nothing but fortuitous that the consequences” were not more serious.

Tams, formerly of Drumlanrig Court, Hawick, and currently a prisoner at Addiewell, appeared on indictment and admitted assaulting a woman to her injury.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told how the accused had been in custody since March 30, and had an outstanding Community Payback Order as he was “unable to wear the work boots allocated to him.”

Mr Fraser said Tams was with another man “well known to the court” at around 4.15pm on a Wednesday afternoon.

He said the victim had previously fallen out with this man.

She saw the two men approach, and noticed Tams had a knife which she described as “silver and about four inches long.”

Tams struck her twice with the knife and the woman put her hands to her face, realising she was bleeding from her left cheek.

Mr Fraser said the accused and his friend “ran off” and the woman attended at Borders General Hospital, where steri-strips were applied to “superficial cuts.”

Solicitor Ed Hulme, defending, said his client had arranged to meet the woman “to try to resolve a conflict over a drug debt.

“He armed himself with a knife, in case things escalated,” explained Mr Hulme.

Imposing custody, Sheriff Drummond told Tams, “You have been convicted on four previous occasions of assault, and have one previous conviction for possession of a knife.

“On this occasion you armed yourself in advance with a knife and then used
it.”

The two-year jail term was backdated to March 30.