A disabled Fife woman has been jailed for life after stabbing her “lovely” and “harmless” male friend to death.
Tammy Hoggan appeared at the High Court in Glasgow for sentencing following her conviction for the murder of Leslie Carrington at a Kirkcaldy flat in December 2013.
The 29-year-old killer, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had denied the killing but was found guilty by a jury and was ordered to spend 13 years behind bars.
The court heard Mr Carrington, 48, who had a young son, was watching University Challenge and listening to music with friends in the hours before he was attacked.
Hoggan stabbed him three times in front of a mutual friend who saw blood running between his legs, onto the couch and floor at the address in Melrose Crescent.
Mr Carrington never recovered from his injuries.
Hoggan later admitted her guilt to several police officers.
She said: “I stabbed him his eyes were rolling back in his head. How can I sleep now after what I done?”
Hoggan also described her victim as a “lovely guy, harmless and caring”.
Detective Chief Inspector Scott Cunningham, who led the major investigation, said: “Leslie Carrington was the victim of a senseless and unprovoked attack from a person who was supposed to be his friend and trusted by him.
“Tammy Hoggan’s alcohol-fuelled violent behaviour has left a family without a father and partner.
“My thoughts are with Leslie’s family who have conducted themselves with the utmost dignity throughout this ordeal.
“I acknowledge the sentence handed out today and although nothing can undo the devastation caused under such tragic circumstances, I hope that today’s sentencing will bring some sense of closure to Leslie’s family and friends.”
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