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Killer pulled knife on psychiatrist

Joseph Harrison
Image caption Harrison had been jailed for six years for killing Ms Third

A man jailed for strangling a mother and dumping her body in a field has now been ordered to be detained without limit of time for pulling a knife on his psychiatrist.

Joseph Harrison, from Brechin, killed 21-year-old prostitute Susan Third after she propositioned him in Aberdeen in 2005.

He admitted culpable homicide and was jailed for six years.

He was freed early, but produced a knife during an appointment.

Harrison, now 38, claimed he was hearing voices, and needed the knife for protection.

After Perth Sheriff Court heard about the post-release incident with the knife, Sheriff Fiona Tait made Harrison the subject of a compulsion order.

He will be detained at Murray Royal psychiatric hospital in Perth without limit of time.

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Image caption Susan Third was killed in 2005

Harrison put Ms Third's body in the boot of his car and drove it to a field before dumping it at Catterline, near Stonehaven.

There was said to have been a 70% chance Harrison had sexual contact with the victim after she died.

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