Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee woman guilty of murdering a man during a drunken row

Elizabeth Reid
Image caption Elizabeth Reid was found guilty by majority of murdering John Whyte

A jury has found a 58-year-old Dundee woman guilty of murdering a man during a drunken disturbance at a flat in the city.

Elizabeth Reid had denied murdering John Whyte with a knife, or similar instrument, at a flat on Provost Road on 1 May.

At the High Court in Aberdeen, the jury convicted Reid, by majority, of killing the 50-year-old.

Lady Scott deferred sentence on the 58-year-old until 26 April for reports.

Police had been called to the Provost Road flat after reports of a disturbance.

'Lethal combination'

Mr Whyte was treated by paramedics but died at the scene and Reid was arrested that day.

Det Insp Mike Pirie said the case highlighted the lethal combination of knives and alcohol.

''This was a horrific incident that gives truth to the fact that perpetrators and victims often know one another and that such incidents more often take place within home addresses," he said.

"Indeed, stranger crime is rare. In this case, Reid and Mr Whyte knew one another well and frequently drank in one another's company.

''Unfortunately, their association with alcohol also meant that they regularly argued with one another, on this occasion with fatal consequences."

Deliberate attack

He added: ''Reid admitted her actions from the outset, notably to those first emergency responders who tried in vain to save Mr Whyte's life.

"However, a main artery in his neck had been irreparably damaged and he didn't stand a chance."

The court had heard that Mr Whyte had thrown a cup of alcohol over Reid, who had then walked to the kitchen, retrieved a knife and stabbed him before returning the knife to the kitchen cupboard.

Det Insp Pirie said: ''A knife, even a kitchen knife, in the wrong hands is a lethal weapon.

"Throw alcohol into the mix and it is a disastrous cocktail. Drunkenness is not an excuse to commit crime.

"If you are responsible for a crime of violence, be in no doubt that we will hold you to account, irrespective of whether you were sober or drunk at the time."

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