Woman who killed lover with Jim Beam bottle jailed
Alexis Cook has been sentenced to more than seven years for the killing in Coatbridge.
A woman who killed her lover after smacking him with a bottle of whiskey she bought for his birthday has been jailed.
Alexis Cook, who attacked James McGrogan on the day he turned 54 in March, has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.
The assault came just hours after the butcher was reunited with a son he had not seen for a decade.
Cook, 32, was later heard stating: "I hit him with a Jim Beam bottle. I think I gave him a bad one this time."
She earlier pleaded guilty to a culpable homicide charge.
Lord Mulholland jailed her for seven years and three months.
The judge said Cook had attacked Mr McGrogan adding: "You did not summon help and left him to his fate. His fate was his death.
"He was much loved by his family and is dearly missed. His death has had a profound effect on them."
'You did not summon help and left him to his fate. His fate was his death.'Lord Mulholland
The killing occurred at Mr McGrogan's flat in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, on March 13.
The couple had been dating for around two years and James had been celebrating his birthday initially with Cook and his mum.
The dad later went to a local shop and it was there he met his son, who he had not seen for a decade.
Prosecutor David Taylor said: "James returned to his flat and was noted to be in a happy and emotional state following this reconciliation."
But, when the couple were alone they had a "blazing row".
A neighbour noticed "sounds of a commotion" which appeared to stop about 8.15pm.
It was around this time Cook texted her sister claiming: "Answer your phone. I'm in big trouble."
The killer then went to a nearby flat wearing blood stained pyjamas.
She confessed to people there: "I hit him with a Jim Beam bottle. It was his birthday today. I hit him twice. I'd bought a bottle of it for him for his birthday."
She claimed her and James had been "fighting".
Cook went on: "I think I gave him a bad one this time. I left him lying in the hall. He'll be alright. I threw a cover over him."
It was Cook herself who later dialled 999.
Mr McGrogan was discovered by police lying under a duvet in the hall.
He was found to have "significant head trauma" with a large amount of broken glass in the flat.
Cook told officers she had hit James, but denied "using anything".
She also said her boyfriend had bit her on the bottom. Cook insisted Mr McGrogan had been alive when she left his home.
The victim was later found to have injuries "consistent" with smashed or broken glass.
The cause of death included "blunt force head injury".