A WOMAN who killed a Renfrewshire dad by stabbing him though the heart with hairdressing scissors has been jailed for six years and eight months.

Jayney Sutherlay, 46, admitted killing Alistair MacFadyen at a flat in Fairway Avenue, Glenburn, Paisley, in the early hours of June 13 last year.

He was found seriously injured and rushed to the town's Royal Alexandra Hospital shortly after 2am but medical staff were unable to save him.

Sutherlay, who is also known as Mains, pled guilty to culpable homicide. She was originally accused of murder.

The unemployed hairdresser claims she attacked 40-year-old Mr MacFadyen after he stabbed her in the thigh with the scissors.

Sentencing her at the High Court in Glasgow today, judge Lord Matthews told Sutherlay: “Mr MacFadyen's life is incalculable as far as his family is concerned.

"His father has said in a victim impact statement that no father should have to bury their own child.

“The stab wound you inflicted brought about his death.”

Defence QC Donald Findlay told the court Sutherlay had experienced a troubled life.

“She was the victim of appalling domestic abuse at the hands of two partners," he said. “Her son died of an overdose and that is something she is haunted and tormented by.

"She is remorseful and horrified and disgusted by the suffering and harm she has caused to Mr MacFadyen's family.”

The court heard that Mr MacFadyen went to visit his ex-girlfriend Maureen Campbell in her flat, where Sutherlay was also living.

Around midnight, Sutherlay produced the scissors from her back pocket and said she was going out to collect a debt.

There was an argument about whether Miss Campbell should go with her.

At 1.50am, a 999 call was made and police found both women in a bedroom, trying to stem the flow of blood from Mr MacFadyen's chest.

Prosecutor Lindsay Dalziel said: “The accused's position is that Mr MacFadyen took the scissors from her, broke them and wielded them in her direction, causing injury.

“She said she lost control and stabbed him. The Crown cannot contradict this and the plea is accepted on the basis of provocation."

After hearing that Mr MacFadyen was dead, Sutherlay told police: “He done it to me first.”

She then added: “Is he really dead with that one wee jab?”

Sutherlay, of Paisley, admitted killing Mr MacFadyen by striking him on the body with a blade from a pair of scissors or similar implement.

She was also accused of being concerned in the supply of heroin, cocaine and diazepam from a flat in Fairway Avenue between January 1 and June 13 last year.

Her pleas of not guilty to these charges and a further charge of behaving in a threatening manner at the flat on June 13 last year were accepted.

Sutherlay was sentenced via a video link from prison.

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