Man whose leg was hacked off in machete assault faces jail for 140mph cop chase

A person who had half his leg hacked off in a gangland machete assault is now staring down the barrel of a jail sentence.

James Sheridan tried escaping handcuffs by racing from police at 140mph in Lanarkshire, Scotland on August 5, 2022, 9 months earlier than he had his proper leg and two fingers amputated. His associate additionally misplaced two fingers dialling 999 in the course of the savage home raid in Coatbridge, launched as retribution for an unpaid six-figure debt.

Ever-defiant within the face of adversity, Sheridan, 29, filmed himself dancing beside his hospital mattress in a bid to taunt his gangster attackers, Daily Record reports.

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During the clip, he proudly boasted: “Take my fingers, take my leg, but you won’t take my life, ya f*****g dafties”.

Police deserted the chase for security causes

Fast ahead to Airdrie Sheriff Court final week and Sheridan admitted driving dangerously on the M8 and different roads in Lanarkshire final summer time. The courtroom heard police chased him for miles throughout rush hour.

Sarah Healing, prosecuting, mentioned police had been on the lookout for his black Audi, which had false plates.

They pursued him after recognizing the automobile at round 4.40pm however he “accelerated harshly”, went the unsuitable manner on a roundabout and joined the M8.

She added: “He reached speeds of more than 140 miles an hour. He continued along the A725, where the speed limit was 40, at up to 120 miles an hour. For safety reasons, police abandoned their pursuit.”

The Audi was later discovered deserted in Bellshill. Sheridan was arrested six days later.

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Conceding it was a “particularly serious” case of harmful driving, defence lawyer Peter Malone mentioned: “There is no doubt the custody threshold has been met but I ask the court to call for a social work report that will explain the life-changing events this man has gone through over the last year.

He was attacked the day after being released from an 18-month sentence. His leg was amputated from the thigh down, he has only eight fingers and a significant brain injury.”