Aug 22 2012 By Gavin McInally
A CYCLIST who had been stabbed repeatedly in a frenzied attack was in such a bad way that two men who came to his aid thought he had been hit by a car.
The victim was on the ground and crying out “I’ve been stabbed. I’m going to die here” when Peter Hoggan and Brian McCleary approached him in Lomond Gardens, Elderslie.
Police were last night treating the horror incident in the town’s quiet residential area as attempted murder.
Peter and his brother-in-law Brian have described how the unnamed 41-year-old had blood pouring from
his gaping wounds as he begged for help.
Peter, 55, who lives just yards from where the attempted murder took place, said they came across the badly-injured victim about 12.30pm on Monday.
He went on: “My brother-in-law and I were driving back from the shops when we spotted a bike on the road and a man lying on the pavement clutching his stomach.
“His face and neck were covered in blood and he looked in a bad way. We asked if he had been hit by a car but he told us he’d been stabbed in the neck and stomach and was desperate for an ambulance to come for him.
“I called 999 and they told me to hold a towel to his stomach to stem the bleeding but by that point Brian decided he needed to get to the hospital right away to have any chance of surviving and we put him in the van.
“I wasn’t sure if he would make it myself, he was in a really bad way and the last thing he said to me was he desperately needed to get or hospital or he was going to die in the street.”
The street was cordoned off for more than eight hours as detectives launched an investigation.
Last night they appealed to the public to come forward if they have any information about the stabbing, including details of an argument between the victim and the attacker.
A police spokesman said: “Around 12.30pm on Monday, August 20, the 41 year-old victim was cycling along Lomond Gardens when he stopped to speak to a man.
“The two men then got into an argument which led to the victim being assaulted and stabbed with a bladed weapon.
“The victim was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where he is currently being treated for neck and abdominal injuries.
“The suspect then ran off in the direction of Willow Avenue.
“He is described as white, Scottish, in his 20s and well built, with short red hair. He was wearing a white tracksuit.”
Detective Constable Gordon Smith from Paisley CID added: “Lomond Gardens is a residential street and I am very keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard an argument.
“The man was wearing a distinctive white tracksuit and I would also ask anyone who saw a man matching his description in Lomond Gardens or Willow Avenue or the surrounding area to contact me at Paisley Police Office.
“Anyone with any information should call 0141 532 5900.
“Or you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you prefer to give information in confidence.”