Man ‘with machete and stab wounds’ found by golf course

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham May 12, 2015 11:33

Golfers at Carrick Knowe Golf Course in Edinburgh found a man covered in stab wounds and possibly with a machete this weekend, by the fourth hole.

According to The Scotsman, the course was shut down when the two golfers found the man after one of them hit his ball into the undergrowth beside the green.

The golfer, believed to be a retired policeman, found a 52-year-old man bleeding heavily from his stomach and behaving in what has been described as a ‘very agitated’ way.

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Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Image by Boon Law

He told the golfers the wounds were self-inflicted and he did not want any medical help, but the golfer delivered first aid before the emergency services arrived.

A large police cordon was set up around the scene for several hours while officers carried out inquiries and a competition scheduled to be held that day was cancelled.

The course was reopened to golfers by lunchtime but police remained at the scene until mid-afternoon.

Police confirmed that they were not looking for any suspects in connection with the incident.

They did not comment on reports that the man had been seen walking up the fairway with a machete shortly before he was found.

The man, who has not been named, was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and underwent emergency surgery. He is now said to be making a good recovery.

The 18-hole golf course is owned by city leisure provider Edinburgh Leisure, and two clubs – Carrick Knowe and Carrickvale – are based there.

A spokeswoman for Edinburgh Leisure said it would not be appropriate to comment due to the police involvement.

The men who found the victim are understood to be members of the Carrick Knowe club. No-one from the club was available to comment.

John Pow, secretary at Carrickvale Golf Club, said: “The police were there sharply. The course was closed for a short time. An ambulance and a couple of police cars arrived to take the guy away. The police went into the club and said he was having surgery immediately.”

Councillor Jeremy Balfour, who sits on the Edinburgh Leisure board and represents the Corstorphine / Murrayfield ward, said: “I hope the man makes a full recovery and can get the help that he requires.”

A police spokesman added: “Police were called to Glendevon Park at around 9.45am on Saturday, May 9, following reports of concern for a person. A 52-year-old man sustained a serious injury to his torso and was conveyed to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Officers are not looking to trace anyone in connection with this incident.”


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham May 12, 2015 11:33
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