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Natalie Scott jailed for killing James Dornan with wine glass

High Court Glasgow
Image caption Scott was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow

A woman who killed her partner with a wine glass has been jailed for almost four years.

Natalie Scott, 27, had admitted striking James Dornan, 33, after he attacked her at their home in Stirling in March last year.

Scott claimed Mr Dornan had subjected her to regular domestic abuse.

Sentencing her Lord Turnbull said it was a "tragic case", but that Scott must take responsibility for the death of Mr Dornan.

But, the judge said there were circumstances for a "degree of leniency" to be shown, including earlier violence towards her.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Scott - who had faced a murder accusation but admitted to a charge of culpable homicide - was sentenced to three years and eight months.

The jail-term was reduced from four and a half years because of her guilty plea.

The court was earlier told how Mr Dornan had more than 30 convictions to his name and was jailed for housebreaking in 2011.

The police were involved in a number of reports of domestic violence between Scott and Mr Dornan, but these did not result in a prosecution as the mother-of-two was "reluctant" to make a complaint.

'Systematic abuse'

Peter McCormack, prosecuting, added: "The accused was frequently seen with injuries apparently caused by the now deceased.

"The police had also been involved in complaints of domestic violence by the deceased towards his previous partners."

The court heard that on 4 March 2012 an argument broke out between the couple. Mr Dornan was said to have then attacked his girlfriend accusing her of being unfaithful.

Scott then struck out with a wine glass she was holding causing it to break.

Mr Dornan was discovered dead in the flat the next morning.

Scott was later examined by a medic and she was found to have a number of injuries including gaping wounds on her hand, as well as multiple bruises and scratches.

Prosecutor Mr McCormack said: "The bruising could not be accurately dated, but was consistent with systematic domestic abuse according to the doctor who examined her."

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