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Woman 'lost consciousness after hand was cut off by man'

Stephen Brisbane is alleged to have severed Sandra McGowan's right hand in Dundee.

South Road: Forensic officers were called.
South Road: Forensic officers were called. STV

A man has appeared in court for a second time accused of cutting off a disabled woman's hand, resulting in her losing consciousness.

Stephen Brisbane is alleged to have severed 62-year-old Sandra McGowan's right hand and taken it with him when he left her home on South Road, Dundee.

The 33-year-old is accused of entering Ms McGowan's home on February 14 and demanded drugs and money.

He is then said to have stolen a number of items including a mobile phone and electronic door fob.

Prosecutors then claim he returned to the house letting himself in with the key and assaulted Ms McGowan.

He is accused of pushing her, causing her to fall from a wheelchair and then seizing hold of her wrist and cutting her right hand with a knife, causing her to lose consciousness.

It is alleged Brisbane then took the severed hand away with him when he left the house and failed to get medical help for Ms McGowan.

During the short court appearance, the 33-year-old represented himself.

No plea to the charges he faces has been entered.

Judge Lady Scott continued the case until September in order for Brisbane to obtain legal representation and for a psychiatric report to be prepared.

She said: "Do you have legal representation?"

He replied: "I did but I told them I was just going to represent myself."

Lady Scott told Brisbane: "What I think we will do is try to get someone for you."

She also called for a psychiatric report to be prepared.

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