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Psychiatric patient who stabbed gran while on run detained

Chelsea Brown will be held in hospital without time limit after a judge ruled she posed a risk.

High Court: Details emerged of brutal murder bid
High Court: Details emerged of brutal murder bid PA

A psychiatric patient who went missing in Inverness before stabbing a grandmother in the stomach with a carving knife will be detained in hospital without time limit.

Chelsea Brown vanished from Newcraigs Hospital before launching the brutal attack on Kathleen MacKinnon, 57, in her home on June 18, 2017.

She broke into the property before Mrs MacKinnon discovered her standing outside the bathroom door muttering to herself.

The gran, who was "lucky to be alive", told how she made out the knife from her own kitchen in Brown's hand.

She said the intruder, who was wearing a pink hoodie, came towards her and stabbed her in the stomach.

Mrs MacKinnon recalled: "She was saying something to herself and smirking.

"I couldn't believe what she had done."

Following the attack, Mrs MacKinnon screamed for her husband, telling him to call the police as Brown "ran down the stairs".

Officers, who had launched a search for Brown after her disappearance, discovered her near Mrs MacKinnon's home in Suilven Way.

Her DNA was found on the knife which was recovered from a garden.

Brown was charged with attempted murder, but psychiatrists concluded she was unfit to participate in a trial.

An examination of facts was held before Lord Tyre at the High Court in Edinburgh earlier this year.

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The judge was satisfied the attempted murder charge was made out.

A surgeon who operated on Mrs MacKinnon said she was lucky to be alive after the deep wound inflicted on her penetrated close to a main artery.

Today Brown was brought back before the judge, after being held in a medium security unit in Glasgow.

Lord Tyre issued her with a compulsion order and a restriction order.

A court heard that without appropriate medical care, Brown posed a significant risk to her own health and the safety of others.

A court heard Brown has a mental health disorder and learning disability, and appears to have an interest in carrying knives.

Defence counsel Jennifer Bain said Brown wished to express her sincere apologies for the behaviour that brought her before the court and took the view that the offence was "a wake up call" and she now has a new motivation to change.

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