A MAN who brutally stabbed a dog walker during a vicious knife attack in Alexandria was jailed for five years today.

Robert Young, 28, armed himself with the weapon and repeatedly wounded his victim in the street assault after seeing red.

A judge told Young that it came as no surprise that the author of a background report prepared on him concluded that he posed a risk of harm to others.

Lord Clark said at the High Court in Edinburgh: "You pleaded guilty to using a knife to assault a man by repeatedly striking to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

"He had five stab wounds to his back which were potentially life-threatening."

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The judge pointed out that Young has previous convictions for assault, including one using a hammer.

Lord Clark said he noted that Young had accepted responsibility for the offence and its consequences, and had shown some insight into his offending.

The judge told Young that he would have faced a seven and a half year prison sentence, but for his early guilty plea.

He also ordered that the knife attacker be kept under supervision for a further three year period and told him that if he breached conditions set for him during that time, he could be returned to prison.

Young, a prisoner in Low Moss jail, earlier admitted carrying out the serious assault on May 16 this year at Susannah Street. He also admitted unlawful possession of the knife.

The court heard that the attack victim was earlier involved in a confrontation with Young's then-girlfriend over a pounds 20 debt.

Defence counsel Edith Forrest said Young had gone to her flat and found her in tears despite the money having been paid.

She said Young "saw red" and went into the kitchen and took the knife with the intention of scaring his victim.

He found the man walking a dog.

Miss Forrest said: "He completely lost all sense of control."

Following the attack, Young was heard saying: "I am going to jail. I have just stabbed f--- out of him."

Miss Forrest said that Young has now expressed remorse "that he has significantly injured another human being".

The defence counsel said that Young has shown a willingness to participate in any course work available to him to address anger management issues, adding: "He recognises he has difficulty in dealing with his anger."

The court was also told Young has allegedly given serious thought to moving away from his peers and usual surroundings in the Dumbarton area when he gets out of jail.