Man jailed after attempted murder of 6 children in hit-and-run

Gerald Gavan. Picture: Police Scotland
Gerald Gavan. Picture: Police Scotland
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A man has been jailed for 11 years after he admitted trying to kill six children in a hit-and-run.

The youngsters, aged between 12 and 14, were standing on a pavement in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow during the afternoon of Saturday March 24 when the incident happened.

Gerald Gavan, 22, was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on Tuesday, having previously admitted he drove at the children while targeting a man who was nearby.

Detective Inspector Peter Sharp said after Gavan’s guilty plea in August: “This incident which unfolded in the afternoon of Saturday March 24 in Castlemilk was something which will no doubt stay in the minds of the young victims for a long time.

“The injuries sustained by the 14-year-old girl were so serious that she required immediate surgery.

“Thankfully she survived, however the consequences could have been much, much worse.”