Tayside and Central Scotland

Ex-Russian Army sniper stabbed her partner

A former Russian Army sniper who murdered her first husband and took an axe to her second stabbed her new partner, a court has heard.

Svetlana Junokiene attacked Richard McIntyre at the house they shared in Grangemouth, Falkirk, in June 2010.

The 52 year-old admitted at the High Court in Glasgow to assaulting Mr McIntyre to the danger of his life.

Junokiene's violent past in her homeland of Lithuania emerged as she was sentenced to four years in jail.

The court heard that she was jailed for just six years in 1990 for the murder of her then husband after she repeatedly stabbed him with a pen knife.

Junokiene then attacked her second husband in 2005 with an axe smashing his jaw and leaving him badly wounded.

Despite her previous conviction, a Lithuanian judge ordered her to do only 50 hours of unpaid work after her husband asked for her not to be locked up.

She then moved to Scotland along with her son in 2007 when she started dating ex-paratrooper instructor Mr McIntyre.

The court heard that the attack on Mr McIntyre happened at their house in Fendoch Road, Grangemouth, on 4 June 4 2010.

The couple had earlier been out shopping before a row broke out between them.

Prosecutor Tony Lenehan said Junokiene then grabbed an ornamental knife and stabbed the 58-year-old once in the back.

Mr Lenehan added: "Mr McIntyre fell to the ground and was immediately incapacitated. The sound of the fall could be heard by a neighbour."

'Friendly' letters

The victim asked Junokiene to hand him his phone before he dialled 999 himself.

The court heard that when police and medics arrived Junokiene was "hysterical".

Mr McIntyre was rushed to hospital, but did not require surgery. However, Mr Lenehan said such a wound "always has the potential to be life threatening".

The court was told Mr McIntyre had continued to write to Junokiene while she was in Cornton Vale and has even sent her money.

Sean Templeton, defending, said: "The letters are in very friendly terms. He signs off wishing her much love and affection.

"At times, he has taken the effort to write in Russian. She does not have a friend in Scotland other than the complainer."

The advocate added that Junokiene "regrets" what she did and accepts her relationship with Mr McIntyre is over.

Lord MacKay told Junokiene that he would have jailed her for five years, but for the guilty plea. The judge also recommended that an order for deportation be made.

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