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Jealous lover murdered boyfriend

High Court in Glasgow
The jury heard the 999 call made by Grierson after the attack

A woman who murdered her boyfriend after she found him in bed with his ex-partner has been jailed for life.

Marion Grierson, 45, stabbed Eddie Quinn in the heart at their home in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, last May.

The jury heard she later made a desperate 999 call for help in which she claimed she "loved" the 50-year-old father of three.

Judge Lord Matthews ordered that she serve at least 15 years before being considered for parole.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Grierson, now of Lanark, had been angry after Mr Quinn had fallen asleep beside his former girlfriend Myra Johnstone at their home in Carrick Way, Bothwell.

Miss Johnstone told the trial that she was "surprised" Mr Quinn was beside her when she awoke, but denied they had sex.

The court then heard that the couple had a row the day before the murder at a friend's flat where Grierson scratched Mr Quinn on the face.

Grierson was later heard saying: "I will kill that bastard. I tell you, I will kill that bastard."

999 call

The next day she knifed her boyfriend on the chest as he lay in bed.

The trial heard the 14-minute 999 call that a hysterical Grierson made begging for help.

Call-handler Jacquline Crawford asked her: "Now the people that did this, the attacker, are they still nearby?"

She replied: "No."

After the verdict, the court was told how the death has devastated Mr Quinn's family.

His wife Maureen, who he kept in contact with despite splitting years earlier, had been working as a nurse at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride when he was admitted after the attack.

Prosecutor Iain McSporran said: "His wife conveys the clear message that during the marriage he barely raised his voice, never mind a fist."

One of his three daughters is due to give birth shortly to what would have been his first grandchild.

Mr McSporran: "He will not now be able to share in that event."

Lord Matthews acknowledged Grierson's attempts to get help after the stabbing but said "the damage had already been done".



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