Mum stabbed to death in her home KILLER SON DETAINED IN PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
A bereaved son who brutally killed his mum in a knife attack following the deaths of his children was yesterday ordered to be detained at a high security psychiatric hospital.
Judge Lord Beckett ruled at the High Court in Edinburgh that James Standing should be held at the State Hospital at Carstairs.
Former forester Standing, 36, was originally accused of murdering his mother Beverley Bliss, 52, at her home at Mayfield Cottage, in Carrutherstown, just days before Christmas last year.
But his guilty plea to the lesser offence of culpable homicide was earlier accepted by the Crown. The court heard he was suffering from “an abnormality of the mind” at the time of the crime.
Standing admitted killing hotel worker Ms Bliss by repeatedly striking her on the head and body with a knife and repeatedly punching her.
Police who arrived at the scene found the victim with a knife in her neck.
After the fatal attack on his mother Standing later turned on her partner, Gavin Robertson, and struck him with a knife. Mr Robertson suffered wounds to his back, front and arm.
Standing also admitted assaulting him to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement on December 22 last year.
Standing’s son died in 2015 at five weeks old and he was later said to be suffering from bereavement issues and became increasingly withdrawn.
Medical records also referred to other conditions such as depression and anxiety.
His partner became pregnant again but their daughter was stillborn at 14 weeks in early December last year. Standing was later found to have developed delusional beliefs.
The couple separated and Standing moved in with his mother at her home near Dumfries. He was scared he might “lose the plot” and was very distressed and visited his doctor saying he was struggling with the loss of the baby.
Before the fatal knife attack he was chatting with his mother and having a cup of tea and Mr Robertson went to bed, leaving the pair in the kitchen.
He later awoke to find Standing in the room with him looking “like a man possessed”. He tried to calm him down but was stabbed.
The victim shouted at Standing: “What is your mum going to think about this?”. But Standing replied: “Don’t worry about mum. She’s dead. She has a knife in her.”
Mr Robertson managed to escape. Standing was later seen walking near the house covered in blood and initially claimed there had been a crash.
Secure unit James Standing has been sent to the State Hospital at Carstairs
Victim Beverley Bliss, who was 52
No way in Police cordoned off Carrutherstown at the time of the incident
House of horror Police at the scene of the killing last year