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Gangland attack leads to neck injury

A court has heard how a 13-year-old boy suffered a serious neck injury after being stabbed in a turf war between rival gangs in Glasgow.

The boy cannot be named for legal reasons but his attacker was 18-year-old Ryan Clarke, who admitted the assault at Glasgow's High Court.

The thug was a member of the Toran Toi gang and he thought his victim was a ringleader of bitter rivals, the Baltic Toi. Youths from both gangs clashed in Kiltearn Road, in the Wellhouse district of the city on December 20th 2004.

After fleeing the incident, the 13-year-old was taken to hospital to have his neck injury treated. Doctors discovered that the knife had penetrated the neck muscle but had missed vital arteries and veins. They warned, however, that a few millimetres deeper and the wound could have been life threatening.

Defending Clarke, Gary Allan said, "This incident took place because of territorial rivalry between two gangs.

"My client says he had a knife because going into a rival gang's territory can result in an attack. There had been a previous confrontation between the two gangs a few days earlier."

It is not known if the 13-year-old is planning to make a compensation claim following the neck injury.

 

 

 
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