A THUG who was armed with a machete and a combat knife left three men seriously injured when he went berserk in a Paisley nightclub.
One of Jason McEnhill’s victims almost had the tip of his middle finger severed when he put his hand up to protect himself from the machete as the vicious yob lashed out.
And another man was so badly injured that the surgeon who operated on him is of the opinion he would have died if he hadn’t received medical attention.
Yesterday, the High Court in Glasgow heard that 21-year-old McEnhill walked into the foyer of the Fury Murrys nightspot in Shuttle Street, Paisley, and began brandishing the knife and swinging the machete above his head.
Prosecutor Kevin McCallum told the court the three victims were about to leave the nightclub when McEnhill and his father Anthony, 46, appeared.
He added: “McEnhill had a large machete with a blade of approximately two feet in length in his right hand and a large combat-style knife in his left hand.”
Charles Bolger – one of the three victims – suffered a nasty hand injury as he tried to fend off the blows from McEnhill.
And his friend, Paul Young, was stabbed in the groin as the brute continued to lash out. Initially, he did not realise he was seriously injured and walked outside, where he collapsed on the pavement.
A third victim, Gary Miller, was struck on the arm.
A bouncer managed to grab McEnhill, of Craw Road, Paisley, and bundle him into a cupboard.
But, when police arrived, they were told that McEnhill had not been involved in the incident and they allowed him to go home with his father.
Later, a search of the cupboard revealed that McEnhill, who was studying mathematics at Glasgow University, had left the machete and knife there.
When the weapons were examined, they had McEnhill’s DNA on them.
The knife also had Mr Young’s blood on it and the machete had Mr Bolger’s blood on it.
In court, McEnhill admitted assaulting Mr Young by stabbing him to his severe injury and to the danger of his life.
He was originally charged with attempting to murder Mr Young but the Crown accepted his plea to a reduced charge.
McEnhill also admitted assaulting Mr Miller by striking him on the arm with a knife and assaulting Mr Bolger by striking him with a machete to his permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment.
All of the offences took place at Fury Murrys on September 28, last year.
The victims – who are all in their 20s – had been out celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday at the time.
Anthony McEnhill, who had faced a charge of attempted murder and two charges of assault, walked free from court after his not guilty pleas were accepted.
The court was told that Mr Young had to undergo an emergency operation at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and Mr Bolger also had to have an operation on his finger, which has been left mis-shapen.
Mr McCallum said the motive for the offences is not known.
He added that, earlier that night, McEnhill was captured by CCTV cameras in altercations with unknown men but Mr Young, Mr Miller and Mr Bolger were not involved in those incidents.
Judge Lord Brailsford told first offender McEnhill: “I am required to call for background reports.”
He deferred sentence until next month and remanded McEnhill in custody.
Defence QC Paul McBride will make his plea in mitigation then.