Kirkcaldy woman jailed for stabbing friend to death

The incident happened in Melrose Crescent in Kirkcaldy in December 2013
The incident happened in Melrose Crescent in Kirkcaldy in December 2013

A woman who stabbed a friend to death before claiming the victim was a “lovely harmless guy” has been jailed for life.

Tammy Hoggan – who has cerebral palsy – fatally knifed Leslie Carrington at a flat in Kirkcaldy in December 2013.

Mr Carrington (48), had spent the hours before he was attacked watching University Challenge and listening to music with friends.

Hoggan (29), returned to the High Court in Glasgow after earlier being convicted of murder.

She had denied the killing – but a jury heard how she told five different police officers she had attacked Mr Carrington.

Judge John Morris QC today (Friday) ordered Hoggan must serve a minimum 13 years behind bars.

He said it appeared Hoggan had “not been dealt the best hand in life” but added: “What you did was take the life on an innocent man and deprived a child of his father.”

Hoggan – who broke down in tears after being convicted last month – showed no emotion this time as she was led to the cells.

The trial heard how the victim had been with friends Douglas Butters and Hoggan’s ex Robert Lawson before he was killed.

Mr Butters (46), told how they had initially been at his flat on December 16, 2013 watching TV and listening to music.

The witness recalled: “We were absolutely delighted that we had got three questions right on University Challenge.

“It was jovial – we were all quite smart articulate people, who liked to fire off with stimulating conversations.”

Mr Butters then told how Mr Lawson was later bombarded with calls from his former lover Hoggan.

Mr Lawson (48) eventually went to his flat in the town’s Melrose Crescent with Mr Carrington before Hoggan also showed up.

Mr Lawson recalled Hoggan being “distraught” as she apparently had a row with her mother.

The witness then told how his ex later kicked over a table before realising she was also clutching a knife as she then sat beside Mr Carrington.

Hoggan – who has problems down her right side - had the blade in her left hand. The court heard she made a stabbing motion towards Mr Carrington three times.

Mr Lawson said: “I saw Les leaning forward then the blood running between his legs onto the couch then onto the floor.”

He also remembered the victim saying: “Tammy, I can’t believe you stabbed me.”

Mr Carrington – who had a young son – never recovered from his injuries.

The jury was told that Hoggan later made a string of admissions to several police officers.

She told one: “I stabbed him – his eyes were rolling back in his head. How can I sleep now after what I done?”

Hoggan confessed to another: “I can’t get over what I done. I stabbed my pal through the heart.”

The court also heard the killer describe her victim as a “lovely guy, harmless and caring”.

But, during the trial, Hoggan denied murder insisting: “I believe that I did not do that. I know that’s not me.”

She also claimed she remembered very little of the incident and said it was her ex Mr Lawson who had told her she was responsible.

But, prosecutor Bruce Erroch, in his speech to the jury, described this as “an attempt to re-write history”.

Mr Erroch went on: “The evidence of Tammy Hoggan does not wash. She is trying to pull the wool over your eyes...she did something that she bitterly regrets, which has had tragic consequences.”