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Jane Cumming death: Accused husband 'was insane'

Jane Cumming
Image caption Jane Cumming was found dead at her home in Longforgan

A man charged with murdering his wife was allegedly insane at the time of the attack, a court has heard.

Neil Cumming, 46, is accused of repeatedly stabbing Jane Cumming at their home in Longforgan, near Dundee.

He is also charged with driving dangerously along the A90 Perth to Dundee road on the same day as his wife's death in July.

Judge Lord Tyre continued the case until February in order for the court to obtain the medical reports.

The court heard that the Crown had obtained a report into the state of his mental health at the time of the alleged incident. It stated that he was insane in July 2011.

Speed charge

His legal representatives are also trying to commission a report into the state of his health at the time.

Mr Cumming is accused of murdering his wife on 15 July at a house in Mary Findlay Drive, Longforgan. He is said to have repeatedly struck her with a blade or similar instrument.

He is also charged with driving dangerously on the on the same date, travelling at speeds of up to 101mph.

Prosecutors claim that he drove across white lines dividing the carriageway, causing other drivers to take action to avoid a collision.

He then allegedly drove the car into the rear of a lorry travelling on the road, injuring the two people inside.

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