Teenage twins have admitted attacking neighbours in a mid-afternoon brawl – with one stabbing his victim.
A man was struck with a kitchen knife in the chest and left with life-threatening injuries after the fight on an Aberdeen street on April 6 last year.
The twin brothers, aged 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.
Fiscal depute Eilidh Wright said a number of witnesses had been in the victim’s garden enjoying the sun at around 2pm or 3pm when they heard two young male voices “shouting insults”.
The victim and his relatives shouted back, and the voices replied: “Do you want to fight?”
He said: “Come ahead.”
A short time later the witnesses became aware of a group of four males standing on the pavement at the front of the house. The first brother was carrying a “silver metal baseball bat” which he “brandished” and “swung towards” one of the witnesses.
The second twin went on to produce a “silver handled kitchen knife with a four-inch blade” and stab one of the men with it.
The victim’s wife then took him to hospital with a 3cm incision in his upper right chest and a collapsed right lung.
Mrs Wright added: “His injuries were deemed life-threatening and resulted in a permanent scar on his chest.”
The teens were later identified via Facebook.
They pleaded guilty to assaulting a man, attempting to punch and strike him with a baseball bat, and to striking him in the chest with a knife, to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.
The first twin also admitted assaulting another man by attempting to strike him with the bat.
The second brother admitted possession of a knife in a public place.
Neil McRobert, the first twin’s solicitor, said his client had interpreted the behaviour of the complainers shouting over the garden fence as “being challenged to fight”.
Kevin Longino, the second teen’s solicitor, said his client had been “taking substances” on the day and added: “It’s not something which he is proud of in any way.”
Sheriff Jack Brown ordered the first brother to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work within nine months, and to be supervised for two years.
The second twin, who used the knife, was handed 27 months’ detention.