Woman ‘stabbed brother’ in argument at Ledaig site, court told

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A woman has gone on trial accused of stabbing her younger brother during an argument.

Samantha MacDonald, 35, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault in that she did repeatedly strike John MacDonald, 30, on the body with a knife.

Oban Sheriff Court heard she called paramedics to her caravan at 6 Ledaig Travelling Persons’ Site, Ledaig, some time after 2am on January 21 2019.

Mr MacDonald was found with a ‘small’ puncture wound on his bicep and a ‘defensive wound’ on his hand like he had grabbed something sharp, said an ambulance technician giving evidence.

A police officer, appearing for the prosecution, described finding the accused in a ‘heavily blood-stained’ jumper and jeans. The accused’s partner had no signs of blood on him.

The victim agreed to have his injuries bandaged but declined to attend hospital, tell police what had happened or provide a statement against his sister, the court heard.

He had also failed to respond to ‘repeated attempts’ to cite him as a witness at the trial, said Procurator Fiscal David Glancy.

However, Mr Glancy said it was clear the accused was responsible due to ‘multiple voluntary admissions’ she made after the incident.

A police officer, appearing as a prosecution witness, told the court the accused had said it was a ‘brother-sister argument that got out of hand’.

She had repeatedly said: ‘I’m sorry Mammy, I didn’t mean it Mammy,’ the court was told. A police officer also heard the accused say: ‘I haven’t taken my tablets, maybe that’s why I done it?’

On the journey to Oban Police Station, the accused had also said: ‘John’ll no press charges,’ according to the police witness.

At the police station, she told officers to release her spouse who had also been arrested as it had ‘nothing to do’ with him and that she took ‘full blame’, the court heard.

While in police custody, she had been heard singing: ‘First cut is the deepest,’ the court heard.

A recording of the 999 call the accused made requesting help from the ambulance service for her brother was played in court. She was heard to tell the call hander she had ‘stabbed’ her brother after he grabbed her by the hair.

The accused’s spouse also stated during the call that the injury had been ‘one nip in the arm’ and that the bleeding had stopped.

Solicitor Ruben Murdanaigum called for the case to be halted on the grounds of ‘insufficient evidence’.

He argued that at no stage had MacDonald indicated she had ‘repeatedly’ hit her brother around the body with a knife – as she had been charged.

The victim had also indicated to a police officer he had cut himself from a fall, while no knife had ever been recovered, said Mr Murdanaigum.

However, Mr Glancy told the Sheriff there was no evidence of ‘third party involvement’ and that the perpetrator could only ‘logically’ be the accused.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said he was ‘satisfied’ the accused had been properly identified and that Mr MacDonald had been the victim of a ‘stabbing assault’.

MacDonald, who dabbed at her eyes during the hearing, was told the case would continue on November 3.