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Schoolgirl killed by ex-boyfriend

Michelle Stewart
Michelle Stewart died in Ayr Hospital from her injuries

A jealous ex-boyfriend is facing a life sentence after he admitted stabbing a schoolgirl to death in front of her friends in an Ayrshire street.

John Wilson, 20, attacked 17-year-old Michelle Stewart in Drongan in November after she had refused to talk to him.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how he dragged the teenager away from two friends before stabbing her in the head and body.

Judge Lord Brailsford deferred sentence on Wilson until next month.

The court was told that Ms Stewart, who was disabled and had difficulty walking, had broken up with Wilson six weeks before he attacked her.

On the evening of the fatal assault on 14 November last year, she had been strolling arm-in-arm with two friends in Drongan.

When Wilson, from Prestwick, approached her and asked to talk, the schoolgirl continued walking and ignored him.

A short time later he pulled her away from her friends and began hitting her on the back and chest.

When Wilson ran off after the attack, Ms Stewart grabbed hold of a friend and said: "He stabbed me".

'Deeply sorry'

The court was told that at least eight people witnessed the incident.

In the immediate aftermath, Ms Stewart's mother and brother, who is a nurse, arrived on the scene.

She later died in Ayr Hospital, from a stab wound to the chest.

Defence QC Ian Duguid said "the prospect of losing Michelle as his girlfriend" had "heightened" Wilson's emotions and he was "deeply sorry" for what he had done.

Lord Brailsford deferred sentence on Wilson, who has previous convictions for a racially aggravated breach of the peace and throwing a firework into a bus full of passengers.

He is facing a life sentence when he returns to court next month.

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