Knifeman is jailed over invite attack

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A KNIFE thug has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after stabbing a man on a street because he wasn’t invited to a party.

Alexander Lawrie, 26, punctured James Hamilton’s lung with a knife during a night out in Edinburgh on July 28 last year.

Lawrie, of Crewe Grove, and Mr Hamilton had been introduced to each other while drinking at a pub in Pilton earlier in the evening.

But father-of-two Lawrie became aggressive when some of the revellers started to head off to a party in Leith when the pub closed.

He started arguing with the party-goers on West Pilton Green then took out his rage out on Mr Hamilton.

Mr Hamilton was not going to the party and began walking away, but he was chased by Lawrie, who lunged towards him.

He was taken to hospital, where he spent two days being treated for his injuries.

Lawrie was initially charged with attempted murder but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of assaulting Mr Hamilton to the danger of his life last month. He was sentenced at the High Court in Aberdeen yesterday.