Glasgow & West Scotland

Jealous man slit partner's throat

A man who slit his partner's throat and hit her over the head with a table leg has been jailed for almost five years.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Mark McGowan, 36, attacked Susan Simpson because he thought she had feelings for other men.

The 42-year-old believed she was going to die and had cried that she loved him in an attempt to stop the ordeal.

McGowan admitted attempting to murder his ex-partner at her flat in Cardonald, Glasgow, on 17 March.

'Close to arteries'

Passing a sentence of four years and eight months, judge Lord Burns said: "This is a very serious assault on your long term partner which might well have killed her.

"Indeed it very nearly cut some arteries, had it done so, she would have died."

The court had heard that neighbours had come to Miss Simpson's aid after hearing her shouts.

She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where she was treated for a five to six centimetre wound to her neck.

She also had a two to three centimetre wound to the back of her head.

Defence counsel Thomas Ross said McGowan "accepts responsibility" and "accepts this incident brings the relationship to an end".