Highlands & Islands

Woman goes on trial for Inverness murder

A woman has gone on trial at the High Court in Inverness accused of murdering her 44-year-old former partner at his home in the city on 14 July last year.

Yvonne Lambert, 34, also of Inverness, faces further allegations she attempted to defeat the ends of justice by cleaning her hands and knives of blood.

The court was told her actions were an attempt to avoid detection and arrest following David McLaughlin's death.

Ms Lambert denies all the charges. The trial before Lady Stacey continues.

The court heard, Ms Lambert also faces further charges, including assaulting Mr McLaughlan the previous day at his home by punching him on the head and body.

She is also accused of assaulting two other men, Brian Kelly and Craig Cornish, at the same address the same day.

'Verbally abusive'

Former artillery gunner Mr Kelly, 33, told the court that he had been out drinking with Mr McLaughlin the day before the alleged murder.

Mr Kelly said they later went back to Mr McLaughlin's home and Ms Lambert also arrived at the property. She was aggressive, drunk and verbally abusive, Mr Kelly said.

The court heard the former partners had a row about their children being left alone in Mr McLaughlin's home.

Mr Kelly said: "It started verbally, then she was violent towards us all. She was pulling at Davie's clothing and hitting him about the face.

"Then she started on us.

"I phoned the police to get Yvonne removed from the property after I was punched. She was taken away."

The trial at Inverness Sheriff Court continues.

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