Man who was shot in Cumbernauld attack that killed tiny pet has avoided jail after being found with axe in Kilsyth

A Cumbernauld shooting victim has avoided jail after he admitted carrying an axe following the attack.

Marc McDermott was shot in the back and backside in a widely-publicised incident in which a dog died and its owner was injured. He was confronted by three masked men after parking a Nissan Navara 4x4 near a relative's home in Brunswick Gardens, Cumbernauld, in January last year.

An innocent 52-year-old dog walker suffered a hand injury and her pet Maltichon dog, Henry, was killed. McDermott who has a previous conviction for attempted murder, was taken to hospital.

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McDermott, 29, formerly of Maple Court has now admitted carrying an axe - without reasonable excuse in Hamill Drive, Kilsyth, on August 20 last year. He also admitted breaching a bail curfew on various occasions, but other charges were dropped. McDermott said he breached the curfew because he believed his home was being "targeted".

HIs lawyer, Ian Brechany said: "He has a chequered past and it might be said he is the author of his own misfortune – but he has made a significant effort to turn matters around and has found employment in his family's industrial cleaning company."

Sheriff Fergus Thomson imposed an alternative to custody and put McDermott under supervision for 12 months. He must also complete 72 hours of unpaid community work.