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Leanne Milroy guilty of stabbing Dee Gibson in neck

A woman has been convicted of assault after stabbing her friend in the neck.

Leanne Milroy attacked 30-year-old Dee Gibson as the victim tried to get out of the 29-year-old's home in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, on 12 July last year.

She claimed to have been acting in self defence when she "accidentally" struck Ms Gibson with the knife.

A jury at the High Court in Glasgow rejected this. Temporary judge Alastair Stewart QC continued Milroy's bail and deferred sentencing for reports.

The trial heard how Ms Gibson and another friend had gone to Milroy's home before the victim later visited a woman who stayed near Milroy before returning to the property.

'Very angry'

Soon after coming back, Ms Gibson was said to have made a comment that this other woman's partner was "worse" than Milroy's.

Prosecutor Michael Meehan asked: "How was that taken?" Ms Gibson replied: "Very badly - she was just very angry."

The court heard there was a struggle between the women.

Ms Gibson said it then ended and she went to leave the property.

Mr Meehan asked: "Did something then happen?" The witness said: "I must have got my bag and, as I got a few steps to the door, I was stabbed from behind in the neck."

Ms Gibson went on: "I remember trying to get an ambulance as my neck was bleeding very badly and I collapsed.

"When I was on the stairs choking on my own blood, I thought that I was going to die."

She recalled Milroy then burying her head into her victim's stomach.

Ms Gibson added: "I don't know if she said she was sorry or something."

The court heard how the victim ended up in hospital for two days and has been left with scarring on her neck.

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