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‘Lonely’ Fife killer back in jail after axe rant at police in hospital

Fife killer Jamie Wishart is back in prison.
Fife killer Jamie Wishart is back in prison.

A “lonely” Fife killer is back behind bars after telling a police officer he wanted to chop him up with an axe during an early morning hospital visit.

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard since Jamie Wishart was released from prison in December 2021, he has been stripped of a personality disorder diagnosis and had medication reduced by a new psychiatrist.

Wishart’s solicitor said he had attended at Victoria Hospital seeking mental health support and became angry when he saw police, who were there for a totally unrelated matter.

The court heard how Wishart, 30, is struggling in the community and after he was remanded, he told the court: “I won’t be lonely in jail.”

Wishart, who was locked up in January 2015 after jurors convicted him of stabbing 17-year-old friend Connor Cleave to death, will be kept in prison until he is sentenced for the abuse on March 1.

‘Instantly volatile’

Fiscal depute Michael Robertson told the court: “Police were at the locus on an unrelated matter.

“The accused became instantly volatile and instantly aggressive towards them.”

Wishart squared up to police and began shouting, swearing and making violent threats.

“The accused was heard shouting he wanted to chop up one officer with an axe,” Mr Robertson added.

Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. Image: Steve Brown / DC Thomson.

He continued shouting and swearing in front of other members of the public, despite being warned several times.

Wishart returned to the triage room and was discharged by medical staff at 2.45am.

Another two officers had arrived and Wishart turned his hostility towards them.

He ignored a further warning and was arrested.

In the police vehicle en route to Dunfermline police station, he banged his head on the cage and laughed “hysterically.”

He told police he was going to fight and had nothing to lose.

Attended to seek help

Wishart, of Croall Place in Kelty, appeared from custody to admit acting in an abusive manner on January 31.

Solicitor Katie Stewart said since his release in December 2021 he had been “doing very well out in the community” but it was his sixth visit to hospital in a short space of time and he became “overwhelmed” when he saw the police.

Apologising on his behalf, she said his mental health has deteriorated and the change in diagnosis has been “difficult”.

“His largest problem at the moment is he’s simply lonely in the community and can’t get the relevant support that he needs.

“He has been out of trouble since being released. He is very much putting this down to poor mental health.

“Mr Wishart does accept that his conduct and behaviour was completely unacceptable.”

Sheriff Alison McKay ordered reports and remanded him.

Before being led away in handcuffs, Wishart said: “I won’t be lonely in jail.”

Culpable homicide conviction

Wishart has a portion of an unexpired prison sentence outstanding.

He stabbed Connor Cleave through the heart after a row in Methilhill in April 2014 after drinking and taking Valium.

He was charged with murder but a jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Sentencing him to ten years in prison, judge Lady Scott said: “This is a perfect example of the tragic and fatal consequences of the use of knives by young men.

β€œThe Cleave family have been left devastated.”

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