‘It was out of character’: Partner stands by Dundee love cheat who tried to kill another man

The partner of a love cheat who launched a brutal murder bid on another man says she is standing by him.

Gary McCafferty was jailed for more than seven years after admitting repeatedly stabbing Keeon Roberts at a flat at Dallfield Court, Hilltown, in May this year.

The 38-year-old became violent after he suspected Mr Roberts would tell Nicola Jackson, 40, that he had been unfaithful to her.

But Ms Jackson has leapt to McCafferty’s defence, saying his actions were “out of character”.

She said: “I know that he didn’t mean for that to happen and I’ll still support him.

“He was drinking vodka and that’s what caused it.

“He totally changed, it was out of character for him. Gary was actually the one giving Keeon mouth-to-mouth.

“I’m still in total shock at what happened. I still don’t know what to make of it.

“He had been doing so well. He was off the drugs and he had been going to church at St Luke’s. Gary just wants to do his time now.”

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Police at the scene of the incident outside Dallfield Court on the Hilltown in May

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Ms Jackson went to Mr Roberts’ flat at around 8pm on the day in question looking for McCafferty.

She heard Mr Roberts asking McCafferty if he wanted to stay the night.

Ms Jackson then heard a woman say something about having sex with McCafferty which confirmed her suspicions that he had been cheating on her.

An argument ensued between McCafferty and Ms Jackson with their row continuing when they returned home.

McCafferty, a prisoner at HMP Perth, was heard to shout: “I’m away to stab **** out of him”, before going to Mr Roberts’ flat.

He then pulled a large knife from his trousers and stabbed Mr Roberts repeatedly on the chest and left arm.

Following the attack, Mr Roberts was taken to Ninewells Hospital in an ambulance under police escort to have treatment.

The court heard he had been left with severe injuries and was permanently disfigured.

After previously deferring sentence, judge Lord Matthews ordered McCafferty – who has a string of previous convictions – to serve a total of seven years and six months in prison.

Ms Jackson says she will continue to support McCafferty and insists he fully accepts his actions were wrong.

She added: “I’ve been speaking to Gary and he holds his hands up, he knows he shouldn’t have come down for a knife. He’s got no other family, I’ve been writing him letters and things like that.

“He says he’s a big boy and he’s just going to get on with it.

“He’s not a fighting man and I know that what happened is just not Gary.”