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Getaway driver admits Robert Daniel murder bid at Glasgow city dump

By Court reporter

A convicted thug has admitted being involved in a brutal murder bid on a member of a crime family.

Ryan Quinn, 27, was the getaway driver as two machete wielding accomplices leapt out to pounce on Robert Daniel at a council dump in Glasgow's west end last September 11.

Daniel, 41, was left with life-threatening injuries during the minute-long assault captured on CCTV.

The car used in the attack was later found ablaze. Quinn was traced at a caravan park weeks later.

After he was arrested, he was found to have burns on his hands and legs.

Quinn is now behind bars after he pled guilty to an attempted murder charge at the High Court in Glasgow today.

A judge heard how he already had eight assault convictions and had served a number of jail-terms.

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He will be sentenced next month.

The court heard the victim - a member of the Glasgow-based Daniel clan - had been working that Saturday afternoon at the Dawsholm Recycling Centre near the city's Anniesland.

Prosecutor Euan Cameron said the attack was "planned and targeted" although no motive was known.

He added: "The role of Quinn was as the driver of the car which transported the assailants to and from the scene."

CCTV saw Mr Daniel sitting the near the entrance as a black Ford Kuga pulled into the tip.

Mr Cameron: "Two - as yet unidentified - males came from the rear both brandishing large machete type weapons.

"They made their way to Robert Daniel, who attempted to run off.

"Both were observed repeatedly striking him using the machetes. The attack lasted less than a minute."

A witness meantime heard a man shout: "I did not mean it. I am sorry."

Quinn spun the car around and the attackers - masked and wearing hi-vis clothing - jumped back in before the vehicle sped off.

The Ford - with false number plates - was later found burnt out near the city's Yoker.

Mr Daniel was rushed to hospital - he had wounds to his thigh, lower left leg as well as a head fracture and ligament damage.

Medics concluded had he not received treatment he would have suffered "uncontrolled" bleeding leading to possible death.

Quinn was held on September 30. A police casualty surgeon noted he had "burning injuries" to both his hands and legs.

His lawyer Geoffrey Forbes today said: "I am instructed to tender his sincere apologies to Robert Daniel for his part in the attack."

Lady Stacey deferred sentencing for reports.

The judge told Quinn: "You have a dismal criminal record and what you did that day was shocking."

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