UN­DRESSED TO KILL

Ruther­glen wo­man stabbed boyfriend to death while wear­ing just her un­der­wear

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A wo­man who wit­nessed her neigh­bour mur­der her boyfriend in her bra and pants says she is glad her year-long or­deal is over.

The wo­man, who tes­ti­fied in court but spoke to us on the un­der­stand­ing she would not be named, saw Alan Al­lan stabbed by Ruth Carr on the morn­ing of Jan­uary 25, 2016. Speak­ing to the Re for­mer on Tues­day, the wo­man, from Spring­hall, said:aid: “It will be one year to­mor­row since it hap­pened.

“I had just brought my child to school, 9.05am is ex­actly when it hap­pened. “I didn’t know ei­ther of them. “I have lived here for many years, that’s the first time I have seen any­thing like that.”

The Lochaber Drive res­i­dent was one of 30 wit­nesses who helped con­vince a jury at Glas­gow High Court that Ruth Carr mur­dered Mr Al­lan.

The semi-naked 33-year-old struck Mr Al­lan while out on the freez­ing bal­cony of her flat.

Carr in­sisted she only hit her boyfriend of just four weeks in self de­fence.

But, the jury re­jected the claims and con­victed her of mur­der.

The 39-year-old neigh­bour told the jury: “I had never seen a mur­der be­fore. It was quick, but I am ab­so­lutely telling the truth.”

She told them she first be­came aware of the pair when she heard a “com­mo­tion”.

“There was ob­vi­ously some sort of dis­pute with the man,” she said.

“There was a lot of shout­ing... to- ing and fro- ing. Ini­tially, it seemed to be all about money.

“When the ac­cused saw that she had an au­di­ence, she said some­thing else.

“I re­mem­ber her shout­ing: ‘phone the po­lice, he has raped me’. She was wear­ing pink pants

and a black bra.”

The wit­ness said she did not be­lieve Carr’s claims of be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted.

The mum re­mem­bered the killer was clutch­ing “quite a big purse”. She thought Carr was then punch­ing the man, who she had never seen be­fore.

She added she did not see a weapon at first but af­ter hear­ing the vic­tim in ap­par­ent pain she saw a knife hit the ground.

The court went on to hear the hys­ter­i­cal 999 call she made af­ter re­al­is­ing Mr Al­lan was in­jured.

Mr Al­lan’s body was dis­cov­ered on the com­mon land­ing. Po­lice tried to re­vive him but he never re­cov­ered.

He suf­fered four stab wounds, two of which were con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing.

Carr claimed to po­lice she only lashed out as her lover, who she had been see­ing three to four weeks, had come at her with a blade.

Judge Lady Stacey de­ferred sen­tenc­ing for re­ports un­til Fe­bru­ary 10 in Ed­in­burgh.

Con­victed Carr killed lover Al­lan (far right) dur­ing a row over money

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