Highlands & Islands

Dingwall man repeatedly stabbed girlfriend

A 21 year old man has pled guilty to attempting to murder his former girlfriend by repeatedly stabbing her in the neck, head and body.

Terry Newlands attacked Suzanne Matheson after a row at their home in Dingwall on 14 October last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that one wound narrowly missed Miss Matheson's jugular vein.

Judge Lord Burns deferred sentencing until 20 March at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Newlands was serving a community payback order at the time of the attack.

The court heard that the couple had an argument and Miss Matheson went to a neighbour's home, but later returned to the property she shared with Newlands.

He told her: "Do you know you are not getting out here alive?"

She ran outside but Newlands chased her and pulled her to the ground before stabbing her.

A neighbour managed to pull him away and police were called.

Prosecutor Ian Wallace told how Miss Matheson suffered a number of knife wounds - with one was near to the jugular vein in her neck.

The court heard that Miss Matheson has tried to recover from the attack, but recently suffered a panic attack while at work.

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