Two men have been caged for a "vicious" machete attack in broad daylight on a father who was seen carrying a child on his shoulders moments earlier.John Lucas and Stuart Jess were today handed lengthy prison sentences after admitting their involvement in the shocking assault in Wester Drylaw Drive, Edinburgh, on March 9, 2021.Jess, 40, from Troon, in South Ayrshire, and Lucas, 43, of Coatbridge, in North Lanarkshire, were originally charged with attempting to murder their victim, 35-year-old Marc Webley.However the Crown amended the charge and the pair pled guilty to assaulting their victim while acting with another by repeatedly striking him on the head and body with a machete to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life.Mr Webley suffered large, gaping wounds to his head, legs and arm in the assault which fractured his skull and left him with permanent scarring.Mr Webley declined to make a statement to police about what happened to him, however, when Jess was detained, officers found a piece of paper inside a bag with Webley's address in Edinburgh written on it.
Ann Ogg, defending Jess, revealed he had used his own name and driving licence to hire the car used in the attack. She said: “He was simply told to get a car and drive the car, and he did that – he drove through to Edinburgh.
He wasn’t aware what was to happen. “It was only at a very late stage that he became aware that something of a violent nature may happen.
There was no suggestion that Mr Jess took part in the assault.“His comment to the police was consistent with his position. He said: "I was just going through to do what I was told – to drive.Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk