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Woman who hit ex-boyfriend jailed

Police at the scene [Pic: Deadline]
Mr Thomson died after the assault at the flat in Newbattle Terrace

A woman who hit her former boyfriend with a wine bottle during a party has been jailed for three years.

Laura King hit Alexander "Blue" Thomson at her flat in the Morningside area of Edinburgh in January. The apprentice electrician later died.

King and Peter "PJ" Tarwinski were found not guilty last month of the culpable homicide of the 20-year-old.

King was instead found guilty of assault and returned to the High Court in Glasgow for sentencing.

King and Mr Tarwinski were both cleared of killing him after a pathologist said Mr Thomson's cocaine habit could have contributed to his death.

Judge Mark Stewart QC told 24-year-old beautician King that he had a duty to protect the public.

Three years, for what I believe is my son's life, is never enough
Wendy Barlow
Victim's mother

He added: "You were convicted of a vicious assault involving the use of a bottle and was continued using its broken end.

"Your reported attitude during the assault displayed one which must have concerned those that heard the evidence. Despite what has been said, I detected no sign of remorse."

Judge Stewart also ordered King to be supervised for a year after her release after being told she was classed as a high risk of re-offending.

Outside court, Mr Thomson's mum Wendy Barlow described King as "pure evil".

She said, despite the verdict, she still believed King killed her son.

Snorting cocaine

Mrs Barlow added: "She caused him to die, she showed no remorse. There is not a hint of remorse there.

"I just wish her years of suffering like she has caused me and the rest of us.

"Three years, for what I believe is my son's life, is never enough."

The court had heard that on 13 January, King was in her flat in the capital's Newbattle Terrace along with Mr Tarwinski and his friend Eve McBride.

The trio sat drinking Pinot Grigio wine and snorting cocaine before Mr Thomson turned up at about 0400 BST.

The court heard that King and Mr Thomson later started arguing.

King then repeatedly struck him on the head, neck and face with a wine bottle.

Tony Lenehan, defending, said King had a troubled life, which had been affected by drink and drugs.

He added: "Miss King is clear about her regret about the offence that night in what was a very complex relationship."

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