Died 1st September 2012
Lynda Brown (63) was stabbed to death on 1st September 2012 at her home in Mannering Road, Shawlands, Glasgow.
Peter Cumming (58), her partner, who lived at the same address, admitted murder and faces a life sentence.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that he had previous convictions for domestic violence against Ms Brown.
Ms Brown worked at Glasgow University’s biochemistry department. She was 5ft 3in tall and weighed eight and a half stones (54kg). She was described as “quiet” and “reserved”.
Advocate depute Andrew Miller, prosecuting, said that a post-mortem examination revealed she had been stabbed four times in the back. The fatal wound went through Ms Brown’s neck severing an artery and causing massive blood loss.
Ms Brown managed to dial 999 before the fatal attack and told the operator: “My partner’s threatening me with a knife.” When police officers arrived at the flat eight minutes later they found Ms Brown lying dead on the bedroom floor with a knife embedded in her back.
It was reported that neighbours also alerted Strathclyde Police about a disturbance at the house. Police and paramedics arrived at the house about 6pm on 1st September.
Local residents said they were “horrified” by her death. One elderly man said: “She was a nice woman and would never walk past you on the street without saying hello. She was a quiet, reserved woman who loved her grandchildren. She seemed happy. No one can believe this has happened. It’s normally such a quiet street. This has shocked everyone.”
Another neighbour said: “Lynda was a lovely woman. She would have done anything for anybody. It is such a terrible tragedy.”
It is believed Ms Brown had lived with Cumming since 2009.
The court heard that Cumming killed Ms Brown before a dinner party with friends Trevor and Rosemary Clarke. He claimed Ms Brown told him that she had already eaten, which he said made him “really angry”. He claimed she “goaded” him. He said: “I was in behind her in the bedroom and I had the knife and I don’t know where it came from I don’t know. I was out of control. It’s just not like me. I am so in control. I need to keep things in control.”
Cumming said he stabbed Ms Brown once while she was standing and then once again as she lay on the ground. The court was told that there were tensions due to his drinking. He had convictions for domestic violence towards Ms Brown.
Judge Lord Bannatyne will sentence Cumming in February 2013.
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Daily Record and the BBC.