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Aberdeen stab attacker had personality disorder

A man who repeatedly stabbed his former partner in front of her children in Aberdeen had a personality disorder, a court has heard.

Gareth Kerr, 44, earlier admitted stabbing former girlfriend Gail McCann on the head and body during the attack in Strathmore Drive and Esk Place.

The mother was left severely injured, scarred for life and permanently impaired during the incident in 2009.

Sentence at the High Court in Livingtson was further deferred.

'Behaviour explosions'

Ms McCann suffered 25 stab wounds to her hands and arms, three further wounds to her head and another three to her neck during the attack.

Kerr, who had originally been accused of attempted murder, was said by psychiatrists to be liable to uncontrollable outbursts of anger resulting in "behaviour explosions".

Lord Bannatyne said he wanted an assessment made of the risk Kerr posed to public safety before passing sentence.

He adjourned the case until 15 March and ordered a supplementary social inquiry report.

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