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Motorway dash woman stabbed man

Sabina Eriksson
Sabina Eriksson will be sentenced at a later date

A woman has admitted killing a man she met on the day she appeared in court for punching a police officer who tried to stop her as she ran across the M6.

Sabina Eriksson, 41, admitted the manslaughter of Glenn Hollinshead in Stoke-on-Trent on 20 May 2008 on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Mr Hollinshead, 54, was stabbed to death in Duke Street, Fenton.

Swedish national Eriksson, of Mallow, County Cork, in the Irish Republic, will be sentenced at a later date.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how Eriksson had been with her twin sister Ursula on a coach trip in May 2008.

Punched officer

The coach had parked at Keele service station on the M6 in Staffordshire and the sisters started walking down the hard shoulder of the motorway.

Glenn Hollinshead
Glenn Hollinshead was found dead in Fenton in May 2008

Traffic stopped as Eriksson ran across the carriageway of the motorway and she punched a female officer who attempted to stop her, the court heard.

On the night after she had appeared in court charged with assaulting the officer, Eriksson met Mr Hollinshead.

The victim's brother Garry said outside court he believed Mr Hollinshead, who was a qualified paramedic, had been trying to help Eriksson find her sister.

Two experts examined Sabina Eriksson ahead of this case and both concluded she was suffering from a mental disorder.

The judge adjourned sentencing for expert reports to be completed.



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