A man has been found guilty of attempting to kill his daughter’s ex-boyfriend by striking him with an axe in a street attack in Aberdeen.
John Quantrell targeted Christopher Willett outside his workplace at Trojan Crates in the city’s Torry area in September last year.
He approached the vehicle Mr Willett was in, near the junction with Mansfield Road and Sinclair Road, and smashed a window with the weapon before striking multiple blows at his victim.
The 65-year-old had been on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen accused of attempted murder.
During four days of evidence, a jury heard from Mr Willett, 36, who said he sustained four blows – to his head, body, legs and arms – while inside the vehicle and entered “survival mode”.
He told the court he thought he would die if he remained inside the vehicle and so got out to engage his attacker.
Mr Willett said he became aware who his assailant was when he tore off the scarf that had masked Quantrell’s face.
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Giving evidence in his own defence, Quantrell claimed he was the one first struck with an axe, telling jurors he was attacked while he lay on the ground.
But the jury of eight men and seven women, after more than four hours of deliberation, found him guilty.
Quatrell showed no reaction in court as the verdict was read out but multiple members of his family were reduced to tears.
Quantrell was also accused of driving a car into Mr Willett, sending him flying through the air and rendering him unconscious.
While it was accepted he was not the driver of the vehicle, prosecutors alleged it was part of a planned attack and so he was responsible.
That element of the charge was, however, dropped by jurors.
Following the outcome, Lord Clark said: “By the verdict of the jury you have been convicted of an extremely brutal attack with an axe.”
He deferred sentence to obtain reports and remanded Quantrell, of Regensburg Court in Aberdeen, in custody.
He will be sentenced next month at the High Court in Edinburgh.