A FORMER soldier immediately “fell in love” with a charity worker whom he later killed, a court heard yesterday.

Jurors were also told Gary Brown had been “potty” about Alyson Watt.

Brown is on trial charged with murdering 52-year-old Miss Watt at her home in Ralston, Paisley, on June 2 last year.

He admits killing the Barnardo’s worker but claims he was suffering from an “abnormality of the mind” at the time.

Yesterday, the High Court in Glasgow heard Brown, 55, met Dr Deborah Nelson, a consultant psychiatrist, after being detained for the alleged murder.

In a report, he discussed his personal life, including his relationship with Miss Watt.

Brown, who was previously in the Armed Forces and served at the time of the Falklands War,  stated they had met on a dating website and he had “fell in love right away.”

He also described Miss Watt as “interesting and attractive”.

The trial has previously heard the couple were having apparent issues before the killing amid claims Miss Watt had kissed another man.

The court was yesterday told of messages Brown exchanged with his daughter about this last year.

Brown said he could not get “out of his head” the “kiss thing”.

He added: “I smell b*******.”

Brown later stated: “I was potty about her but I will move on.”

Earlier, the trial heard details of Miss Watt’s injuries. She had 42 separate stab wounds to the body.

Advocate depute Michael Meehan told the court: “Two stab wounds on the neck had damaged the jugular veins. This would have resulted in rapid, profuse blood loss and, ultimately, death.”

It was also stated there was further evidence of “defensive” injuries.
The court also heard that, the day after the killing, Brown was arrested near a quarry in Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway.

Brown, of Uddingston, Lanarkshire,  denies murder, as well as a charge of attempting to kill a 16-year-boy at the house in Paisley on the same day of Miss Watt’s death.

The trial, before Lord Summers, continues.