Richard Finnis jailed for ‘brutal’ attack on ex-partner

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Image caption Richard Finnis attacked Ms Gallacher with a two-pronged cheese knife

A person has been jailed for 9 years and 3 months after seeking to stab his former spouse to loss of life.

Richard Finnis attacked Helen Gallacher, 30, at her flat in Inverness in February.

Ms Gallacher had simply pop out the bathe when she noticed Finnis lurking at her patio doorways sooner than he introduced the attack.

Finnis stabbed her with a two-pronged cheese knife in what a pass judgement on mentioned used to be a “vicious and brutal” attack.

Ms Gallacher sooner or later controlled to flee in spite of being coated in blood, and banged on neighbours’ doorways for lend a hand.

Finnis, who performed for Highland Football League aspect Strathspey Thistle, fled sooner than being discovered days later in wooded area close to Inverness after a large-scale manhunt.

He used to be jailed on the High Court in Glasgow. He had previous admitted to wearing out the attack.

‘Lucky to live on’

Sentencing Finnis, pass judgement on Lord Mulholland paid tribute to Ms Gallacher’s braveness

He mentioned: “This used to be no spur of the instant act – you armed your self with a fearsome weapon.

“It used to be your purpose to do her critical hurt. Your attack on a defenceless lady used to be cowardly within the excessive.

“She did not anything to advantage what you probably did to her. She used to be fortunate to live on.

“It is a testomony to her braveness and fortitude that this courageous lady won’t let what you probably did to her defeat her.”

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Image caption Finnis fled the scene sooner than being discovered days later

Police Scotland mentioned Finnis, of Inverness, had “managed, stalked and in the long run brutally attacked” his former spouse.

Det Insp Eddie Ross mentioned: “She used to be left with critical, life-changing accidents and the affect of what came about to her that day can’t be underestimated.

“Hopefully this conviction and the pass judgement on’s feedback will supply a point of closure, despite the fact that obviously the consequences of Finnis’s movements can by no means absolutely be undone.

“Finnis will now have to stand the results of his horrendous habits.”