Highlands & Islands

Yvonne Lambert guilty of ex-partner's culpable homicide

A woman has been found guilty of the culpable homicide of her former partner by a jury at the High Court in Inverness.

Yvonne Lambert, 34, of Inverness, stabbed former Royal Scots soldier David McLaughlan, 44, at his home in the city on 14 July 2010.

They had earlier rowed about him leaving their children at home alone while he went out drinking.

Lambert had denied killing Mr McLaughlan.

The jury delivered a unanimous verdict of guilty on a charge of culpable homicide, reduced from murder, after almost two hours of deliberation.

The court had heard that the pair had a drunken row and this argument led to police being called to Mr McLaughlan's house, where Lambert was detained.

She was later released and returned to his home where they had a struggle with a knife resulting in her stabbing him.

'No winners'

Judge Lady Stacey told Lambert there was no alternative to a jail sentence, but allowed her to be released on bail for the preparation of background reports before sentencing.

A statement released by Mr McLaughlan's family after the verdict said there were no winners but only losers in the case.

The family said: "We have lost a brother and three children have lost a father.

"We do not hold any malice against Yvonne Lambert's family. This has been a difficult time for them too."

The family thanks the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for their support.

Lady Stacey deferred sentence until 11 July.

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