Jealous Shaniece Dobson killed Sean Martin in Coatbridge
- 31 January 2013
- From the section Glasgow & West Scotland
A woman who killed her boyfriend in a jealous rage after he contacted an ex-girlfriend has been convicted of culpable homicide.
Shaniece Dobson, 21, stabbed Sean Martin, also 21, in front of his younger brother and sister at her home in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.
She was charged with murder over the attack on 25 February 2012 but was found guilty of the lesser charge.
Sentence on Dobson was deferred at the High Court in Livingston.
The jury heard that Dobson had argued with Sean in front of his young brother and sister in the living room of her high-rise flat in Coatbridge.
Ann, 17, and 15-year-old Paul Martin both told how they witnessed Dobson attack 21-year-old Sean in a jealous rage after she caught him on his mobile phone to an ex.
Dobson went to the kitchen, grabbed a large knife and returned to plunge it into Sean's chest, they said.
The seven-and-a-half inch blade pierced both lungs and sliced open both his windpipe and his main artery.
He collapsed and died within minutes from massive blood loss.
It emerged in evidence that Sean, from Coatbridge, had only been arranging for his former girlfriend to take his pet dog.
Following the killing, Dobson fled barefoot and covered in her boyfriend's blood to a friend's home where she was later detained by police.
The trial was abandoned last week when a member of the public, who had reported at Livingston police station for jury service, was mistakenly allowed to take a real juror's place on the second day of proceedings.
A new jury, appointed this week, took more than five hours to return a majority verdict of guilty to unlawful killing.
Sentence on Dobson was deferred and she was remanded in custody for the preparation of social work and psychiatric reports.
Judge Lord Boyd apologised to both families after the first trial was stopped.
'Bizarre and unique'
He said: "I very much appreciate that the abandonment of the trial last week will have added to your anxieties as to the outcome.
"To the family of Sean Martin particularly, it will have been a particularly difficult time for you.
"Not only have you lost a son and a brother but the abandonment of last week's proceedings meant that two young people - Ann and Paul Martin - had to give evidence twice, reliving what, for them, must have been a horrific experience.
"The circumstances which led to the desertion were bizarre and unique. I have to say nobody has come across them before.
"The circumstances which arose last week should not have happened and I want to extend to you the apologies of the court for that."