Methil murderer given extra jail time for prison attack

Earley will now spend a further six months behind bars
Earley will now spend a further six months behind bars

A murderer serving life was sentenced to a further six months behind bars – for punching another inmate in Scotland’s only all-female jail.

Nicolle Earley was jailed as a teen for killing a grandmother during a row over £5 and a borrowed cigarette.

Earley, now 24, was just 16 when she booted and stamped 63-year-old Ann Gray to death at her home in Crosshill in 2008.

Two and a half years ago she was given an additional 18 month sentence, to run consecutive to her current sentence, after she sent letters covered in blood and scrawled with swastikas threatening to torture and kill a solicitor and a woman whom she had a grudge against.

On Wednesday she appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court after pleading guilty by letter at an earlier hearing to assaulting a fellow inmate at Cornton Vale Prison where she is serving her sentence.

She assaulted the fellow prisoner by repeatedly punching her on the head in the incident on November 14, 2015.

Sheriff William Gilchrist sentenced Earley, of Methil, to six months imprisonment, to run consecutive to her life sentence.

He told her that her earliest date of release was already 2023 – before the imposition of the latest term.

He said: “You have already received one consecutive sentence for committing offences while in prison. All you are doing is delaying the date when you can be considered for parole.

“Bad behaviour in prison, particularly assaults, will only lengthen that period.”