Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

'Devil' woman Yvonne Crawford admits murder bid in Edinburgh

High Court in Edinburgh
Image caption The court heard how police could see wounds to Mr O'Rourke's head, face and hand

An Edinburgh woman has admitted attempting to murder a disabled man by stabbing him with a knife and smashing a glass over his head.

Yvonne Crawford, 44, turned up at a Wester Hailes police station with blood on her hands and announced: "The Devil made me do it" on 3 December 2012.

Officers were sent to Richard O'Rourke's home at Walkers Rigg.

The amputee answered his door in a wheelchair with blood covering his head and upper body.

Eight-inch knife

Advocate depute David Taylor told the High Court in Edinburgh police could see wounds to Mr O'Rourke's head, face and right hand and also found a puncture wound on his stomach.

The prosecutor said: "There was a lot of blood on the living room floor and hallway. Broken glass was also over the living room floor."

Officers gave first aid to the attack victim as they waited for an ambulance to take him to hospital.

The victim pointed out a blood-covered eight-inch kitchen knife which he said had been used by his "girlfriend" to stab him.

Crawford admitted assaulting Mr O'Rourke by striking him with a bottle or similar and striking him with a knife to his severe injury, danger of life and attempting to murder him on 3 December last year.

Stopped medication

The court heard she was later held under a treatment order at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital's Orchard Clinic.

Mr Taylor said there had been concerns raised about her mental health and prior to the attack she was prescribed anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medication.

He added: "It is believed that she stopped taking this medication three weeks before this offence."

The court heard that Crawford was considered sane and fit to plead.

Lord Burns deferred sentence until later in the year and made an interim compulsion order.

The judge said he would order reports from psychiatrists before dealing further with her.

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