Glasgow & West Scotland

Claire Connelly, 19, admits stabbing younger brother Ronnie

A 19-year-old woman has admitted stabbing her younger brother at her home in Renfrewshire after he tried to stop her going to see their mother.

Claire Connelly, 19, attacked 16-year-old Ronnie Connelly at the house in Esk Drive, Paisley, on 31 December 2011.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how he needed open heart surgery after the sac around his heart was punctured.

Connelly admitted stabbing Ronnie to his severe injury and to the danger of his life. Sentence was deferred.

The court heard how Connelly, her partner Stephen Devlin and her brother were planning to see the New Year in together.

Kitchen fight

At about 22:00, a very drunk Connelly said she wanted to visit her mother, with whom she had a troubled relationship.

An argument erupted during which her brother and her partner attempted to calm her down.

The court was told that about 22:50, Connelly and her brother were in the kitchen and began rolling about on the ground fighting.

Mr Devlin, who had been in the living room, came in and separated them and noticed that Mr Connelly had blood on his shirt and an injury to his chest.

The emergency services were called and as they waited for an ambulance to arrive Connelly phoned the police on her mobile and said: "Hello, I've just stabbed my wee brother in the heart."

Her brother was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley where it was discovered that the sac round his heart had been punctured and was filling with blood.

When interviewed by police Connelly was crying and visibly upset and said she hoped Ronnie would be okay. He has since made a full recovery.

Judge Lord Pentland deferred sentence on Connelly, who is in custody, until 3 August at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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