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Woman jailed over ex-lover attack near Glasgow church

Tracy Adam
Image caption Adam launched the attack after her relationship ended

A woman who launched a frenzied knife attack on her former girlfriend in the grounds of a Glasgow church has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Tracy Adam, 40, admitted assaulting Josephine Hannah, 47, to the danger of her life outside Holy Cross Church, Crosshill, on 8 September last year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Adam attacked Ms Hannah after she had ended their relationship weeks before.

Adam also admitted biting a police officer's leg after being arrested.

The court heard how Adam had arranged to meet her victim in the church grounds to discuss their relationship.

When Ms Hannah turned to walk away, Adam stabbed her in the back.

The attack continued in a nearby shop which Ms Hannah had staggered into.

Adam eventually dropped the knife and fled after being kicked by a customer.

The court heard how Ms Hannah suffered 11 stab wounds, which punctured a lung and sliced through her liver.

She was taken to Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary where emergency surgery saved her life.

HIV test

When Adam, from the city's Govanhill area, was arrested the following day she bit a police officer on the leg.

The court heard that the officer was treated with antibiotics and a tetanus jab and underwent tests, which proved to be negative, for HIV and hepatitis.

Passing sentence, judge Lord Woolman told Adam that it was "no excuse" that she had been drinking at the time of the attack.

"You induced Josephine Hannah to go to Holy Cross Chapel that evening." he said.

"You took a knife with you. She was unarmed. You stabbed her in the back and continued to stab her while she was on the ground."

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