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Man jailed for three years over poisoning of student

By Lucy Christie

Published 18/07/2015

Victim: Robert Forbes
Victim: Robert Forbes

An American student who poisoned a classmate by lacing a bottle of red wine with solvent has been jailed for three years for the "wicked and deceitful" crime.

Alexander Hilton (24) encouraged fellow US national Robert Forbes (24) to drink wine containing methanol on the evening of a ball for students of St Andrews University in Fife.

Mr Forbes required kidney dialysis after the incident in March 2011 and was left temporarily blind. Hilton admitted a charge of assaulting him to his severe injury, permanent impairment and to the danger of his life.

At the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, Judge Lord Burns sentenced the defendant to three years in jail.

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