Mum stabbed to death in her home KILLER SON DE­TAINED IN PSY­CHI­ATRIC HOS­PI­TAL

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Dave Fin­lay

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

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