OAP stabbed twice in home by teenage raider
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard today how John Wilson, 66, of Loanhead, used a table to try to fend off teenager Richard McMillan.
Onlookers tried help the retired horse-trainer, but McMillan still managed to stab the pensioner's back and arm.
The teenage attacker then ran off, but was caught by police later that evening.
Today, McMillan, 19, was sentenced to 11 months in a young offenders' institution, after he admitted the attack.
Speaking after the sentence, McMillan's shaken victim said he was relieved the ordeal was over.
He said: "I'm glad it is all over. I am nearly 67 years old and the last thing I need is to have someone coming to my house and stabbing me.
"He must of thought it would be easy money. I have always been brought up to defend myself though."
Mr Wilson added: "The attack has left me traumatised, I can't go out as much as I used to because I am scared. And I always have my door locked."
Fiscal depute John Cook told the court: "McMillan attended at Mr Wilson's Loanhead flat on December 28, 2007.
"Mr Wilson is 66 and while in the living-room of his home a confrontation occurred between the accused and Mr Wilson.
"Others in the house entered to see Mr Wilson holding a table between him and the accused who had a knife.
"They tried to subdue the accused but were unsuccessful and McMillan stabbed Mr Wilson repeatedly in the body.
"They eventually managed to separate the two and McMillan ran from the flat."
Mr Cook said Mr Wilson was taken to Edinburgh Royal infirmary where he was treated for a "gaping" stab wound on his upper left arm as well as a smaller laceration on his back.