A MAN has been jailed after holding a soldier hostage in a flat and attempting to murder him.

Dylan Rigby pleaded guilty to attacking 18-year-old Cobhan McLelland with scissors, knives and boiling water in a two-hour ordeal at a flat in Kidlaw Close in the Gracemount area of Edinburgh in March.

The 20-year-old violently attacked McLelland in a rage after finding the soldier in bed with his sister following a night out on March 22, a court previously heard.

Sentencing Rigby to seven years’ detention plus an extended term of three years at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday, Judge Lady Carmichael described his offence as a “prolonged and exceptionally violent attack on another young man”.

Addressing Rigby, she said: “You continue to pose a risk of serious harm to the public because you don’t seem to understand how serious the offence was,” adding “a substantial sentence is necessary”.