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Jealous Kilmarnock man's 'frenzied knife attack' on ex-partner

Alexis Flynn Image copyright Thomas Media /Google
Image caption Ms Flynn died after being stabbed at a flat in Craigie Place, Kilmarnock

An Ayrshire man has been jailed for life after stabbing his former partner to death in a "frenzied attack".

David Payne, 51, from Kilmarnock, killed 42-year-old Alexis Flynn because he thought she was having an affair.

During a 999 call Payne claimed Miss Flynn had attacked him with a knife and he had only stabbed her two or three times.

When police arrived, he was smoking a cigarette and drinking a can of beer.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Payne was ordered to serve at least 14-and-a-half years behind bars before he can apply for parole.

At the time of the offence Payne was barred by a court order from approaching Miss Flynn after an alleged assault on her.

Judge Lord Burns told Payne: "You have accepted responsibility not only for the death of your partner Alexis Flynn but also for murdering her.

'Somewhat chilling'

"It appears that the assault was a sustained one with a knife and she was found with a total of 11 stab wounds on various parts of her body inflicted with a substantial-sized knife.

"The assault must have been prolonged, it is somewhat chilling you were found in the circumstances that you were found, apparently calm, smoking a cigarette, drinking a can of beer."

The court heard that at about 22:20 on 10 April this year, Payne phoned 999 and said his partner was dead.

Advocate depute Liam Ewing said: "He went on to tell the call handler that the deceased was lying on the living room floor having stabbed herself multiple times on her side, stomach and back.

"He stated that she attacked him with a knife, that he had turned it back on her and the knife went into her two or three times."

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Image caption Ms Flynn died in a flat in Craigie Place, Kilmarnock

When police arrived at the house Miss Flynn was lying on the floor with "obvious stab wounds over her stomach and back", she was in the foetal position with a large silver kitchen knife in her right hand.

Mr Ewing added: "Payne was sitting on a couch next to the deceased, he was smoking a cigarette and drinking from a can of beer."

Officers took the knife out of Miss Flynn's hand and started CPR but saw she had been dead for some time.

Payne told officers "she stabbed herself".

During his police interview the following day Payne, who has previous convictions for domestic assault and breach of the peace, claimed Miss Flynn was attacked by a neighbour.

Mr Ewing said a post mortem revealed Miss Flynn died of a stab wound to the leg that damaged large blood vessels that "would have caused rapid and profuse blood loss and death".

The court heard injuries to her lungs, stomach and kidney were "potentially survivable" but the stab wound on the left thigh was "catastrophic".

'Perceived relationship'

Injuries around her arms were said to be defensive injuries.

Defence counsel Kevin McCallum said the catalyst was Payne's "perceived relationship, as he saw it, between the deceased and a third party".

He said that person had been with them earlier and all three had argued although it had died down when the unnamed person left.

Mr McCallum added: "The argument between him and the deceased flared up again, the same subject matter."

It was claimed Miss Flynn got the knife from the kitchen and Payne took it from her and used it on her.

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