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Gangster’s son-in-law jailed for informer knife attack

A man who attacked a Police informer with knife after he handed out information related to his spouse’s gangster father has been put behind bars for 7 years.

The culprit, 29-year-old Christopher Kavanagh accepted his crime of assaulting 54-year-old Robert Forbes to his serious injury, lifelong disfigurement as well as danger of life.

Kavanagh, who is the son-in-law of underworld member Robert Pickett, stabbed Forbes in Paisley, Renfrewshire on 17 August, 2017 right after the victim stepped out of his van. After seeing Kavanagh, Forbes tried to run but fell midway before Kavanagh struck him thrice on the body, hand and face. The public rushed to help blood-soaked Forbes, who later required 17 stitches on his facial injury. Kavanagh, who had initially escaped the scene, was later traced with the help of the car he drove that day.

Previously, a court count heard that Forbes was attacked as he passed on information about Pickett, who is presently serving a 16 year prison sentence.

Kavanagh originally had experienced an allegation of attempted murder.

According to Judge Lord Clark, the attack was brutal and well planned. There were ill feeling between Forbes and Pickett, who was accused of targeting Forbes and trying to kill him. However, Pickett’s not guilty plea was later accepted and the charges were dropped.

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