Man stabbed himself in eye to frame ex-lover

Brian Barr. Picture: Vic Roderick
Brian Barr. Picture: Vic Roderick
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A JILTED lover tried to frame his ex – by stabbing himself in the eye with a ten-inch kitchen knife.

Brian Barr, 26, wanted revenge on Lisa Beattie, 26, after she allegedly cheated on him during a drunken row, and hatched the bizarre plan to blame her for the attack.

Lisa Beattie. Picture: Vic Roderick

Lisa Beattie. Picture: Vic Roderick

She was charged but was cleared in court yesterday when the real story emerged.

Barr, who has been left permanently blind and squint in his left eye. said he “got a big knife”, admitted he held his eye open and pushed the blade in before collapsing on the ground.

“I’m quite stupid,” he told Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday.

The court heard how he wanted to “ruin” Ms Beattie’s life prompting him to attempt to frame her. He admitted telling a next-door neighbour, paramedics and hospital nurses she had stabbed him.

But, in reality, the horror wound was self inflicted.

He said: “I was embarrassed that I’d done it myself, but of course anybody would be.

“She told me she’d cheated on me and it really p***** me off.” He added that is why “I’ve blamed it on her . . . only I shouldn’t have.”

And, asked why he had not changed his story earlier, he added: “I was really angry for a while.

“I blamed her because she provoked me to do it as well.

“I got a big knife, one of the biggest, I picked out of the drawer in the kitchen. I’m quite stupid, so I don’t know how big.

“We were shouting and swearing at each other and I said ‘Do you want me to stab myself?’

“She sniggered and said ‘Go on then’, thinking obviously I wouldn’t do it.

“I held my eye open and pushed it in right away, not thinking because I was drunk and that. Then I fell to the ground.”

He said he felt no pain at the time because he had consumed so much alcohol.

He downed a bottle of Buckfast, a bottle of cider, and Lambrini followed by vodka mixed with cider.

Despite an eye operation, he is now blind in his left eye. “I can’t see out of it now and it’s squint,” he said.

Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Hazel McGuinness, Barr admitted he had previously self-harmed by hitting himself with an iron and dragging a broken cup down his cheeks, leaving a permanent scar.

Ms Beattie, of Huntly ­Avenue, Livingston, denied striking Mr Barr on the head with a knife on January 18 last year.

Fiscal depute Gerard Drugan said the Crown was no longer seeking a conviction against Ms Beattie. She was found not guilty and told she was free to go.