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Man jailed for stabbing ex-fiancee

Steven McKee and Lisa Whyte
Image caption Steven McKee attempted to kill Lisa Whyte at their home in July 2010

A man who stabbed the mother of his children in the neck after she called off their wedding has been told he must spend at least 10 years in prison.

Steven McKee, 38, was found guilty in February of trying to kill his ex-fiancee at their home near Falkirk.

Lisa Whyte was treated for serious injuries to her neck after the attack in July 2010.

The judge at the High Court in Glasgow told McKee he would also be supervised for four years after his release.

During the trial, jurors heard McKee was devastated when Ms Whyte called off their wedding a week before the ceremony was due to take place.

He stabbed her at their home in Slamannan after telling her: "If I can't have you, nobody will."

The 32-year-old later fled to a neighbour's house with a seven-inch blade still sticking out of her neck.

'Psychological effect'

Father-of-two McKee, who has four previous assault convictions stretching back to 1991, had alleged Miss Whyte was injured while trying to stop him committing suicide - a claim prosecutors branded "ridiculous".

Sentencing, Judge Lord Kinclaven told McKee the attack had a physical, emotional and psychological effect on Ms Whyte.

He said: "This is a very serious offence and only a significant custodial sentence can be imposed."

Ms Whyte was in court with her family to see her ex-fiance jailed.

There were gasps from the group as the sentence was announced and the victim's mother, Ann Whyte, punched the air in celebration.

Outside court, Mrs Whyte later spoke briefly on behalf of her daughter, saying: "We are all just delighted with the result."

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