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Isabelle Sanders murder: Trial told of fatal stabbing

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Image caption Isabelle Sanders died in an attack in her home in Crookston in April

An 86-year-old man has told a trial how he was stabbed and his partner murdered by an intruder in their Glasgow home.

Norman Busby told the High Court in Glasgow that he was stabbed three times in the chest by a man who barged his way in and demanded car keys.

He said the intruder stabbed Isabelle Sanders, 51, "several times" after she tried to stop him from stealing items.

Paul McManus, 22, denies murder and attempted murder at the couple's house in Crookston in April.

Mr Busby told advocate depute Bruce Erroch, prosecuting, that he opened the door slightly after hearing knocking.

He said he saw a young man who proceeded to barge his way into the house on Raeswood Drive.

'Knife in each hand'

The retired police sergeant said the young man swore and asked if he had car keys.

He said: "I said 'what's wrong have you bumped my car?' I then said I didn't give my car keys to anyone and turned to shut the door.

"He pushed the door hard bashing it and I staggered back. He had a knife in each hand. He immediately stabbed me several time in my chest."

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Image caption Norman Busby told the jury about the stabbings at his home in Crookston

The witness said he collapsed to the ground and tried to reach for the telephone, which was on a small table, but was unable to reach it.

At this point his partner Ms Sanders, who had been upstairs in bed, came to the top of the stairs having heard noises and saw Mr Busby lying on the floor in the living room.

Mr Busby said: "Isabelle screamed and ran down the stairs and she saw him standing there. I was lying on the floor covered in blood.

"She saw him stealing stuff and she tried to push him out the front door and he had his knives and he stabbed her several times.

"She fell to the ground covered in blood. I reached out but she was dead. I have an alarm button and I managed to press it.

"A voice said 'what is it?' and I said: 'There's been a murder I need police and an ambulance.'

"As soon as he heard that he grabbed stuff and ran out the door."

Mr Busby described the knife blows to his partner as "quite vicious," and demonstrated to the jury how the intruder had stabbed her.

He said he was unable to describe the intruder other he thought than he was in his twenties.

The jury of nine women and six men heard that Ms Sanders worked in the Bank of Scotland's international division.

She and Mr Busby met and set up home together after meeting in the bank.

Mr Busby worked there for about five years after retiring from the police.

Ms Sanders was involved in church work, including serving in a cafe at an old folk's home and was a member of a hand bell ringing group.

Mr Busby said: "She was a good Christian."

The trial before Lord Armstrong continues.

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