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Man guilty of Grimsby street stab murder

Category: England

Published: 19th May 2010 14:42:53

A man who stabbed a pregnant woman to death has been found guilty of her murder.

Alan McMullan stabbed 21-year-old Claire Wilson as she walked to her job as a Pizza Hut waitress in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, last June.

Hull Crown Court heard McMullan, 54, claimed voices had told him to harm people and he had previously received treatment from mental health services.

McMullan, of Sherwood Road, Grimsby, had denied murder.

He admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility when he appeared at Hull Crown Court last September but his plea was not accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

'Voices in head'

The jury of six men and six women returned a verdict of guilty on the murder charge after deliberating for an hour and 30 minutes.

The seven-day trial heard how the waitress and her unborn baby daughter April both died after Mr McMullan forcefully stabbed her in the back in Pasture Street before walking "casually" away.

He told police officers who arrested him: "I've got voices in my head telling me to do it. I left the knife stuck in her."

The court heard how Mr McMullan had handed himself into police three times in the year before the attack, armed with a knife and claiming voices were telling him to harm or kill people.

He was admitted to hospital on each occasion, where he received treatment from mental health services and was later released.

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