Murder trial Transgender woman claims ‘posession’

Alan Williamson was killed at Glenure Loan. Picture: Julie Bull
Alan Williamson was killed at Glenure Loan. Picture: Julie Bull
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A transgender woman who has admitted killing a neighbour on Christmas Day claimed she was “possessed” a jury’s been told.

Melissa Young, 37, described seeing a very bright light and voices in her head when she “flipped” and stabbed her friend Alan Williamson.

Young claimed she had a multiple personality disorder and asked a doctor to call her Chloe.

Dr. Michael Kane, 37, told the High Court at Livingston that Young was on 14 prescription drugs, inhaled solvents daily, drank to excess and had smoked heroin the morning before the alleged murder.

He told the jury: “She informed me that she wanted to be addressed as Chloe. She said ‘I have multiple personalities. I was possessed. It was big possession’.”

He said Young had also told him: “I’ve never done anything like that. I mean I’ve never stabbed anybody before.”

He added: “She described a very bright light and voices in her head which were present in the course of the alleged incident.”

Dr Kane said Young also mentioned that she was “disgusted with my neighbours” and stated: “I want to kill the whole lot of them.”

He added: “After saying that she covered her mouth with her hand asking if she’d said too much.”

Young has confessed to stabbing Mr Williamson to death in her Edinburgh flat on Christmas Day last year but denies murder.

Her alleged victim was pronounced dead by paramedics at 12.50am on December 25, the High Court at Livingston heard yesterday.

He died from multiple stab wounds to his chest and leg inflicted by a kitchen knife with a six-inch blade.

The jury heard she’d made two 999 calls – the first to say Mr Williamson wouldn’t leave her flat, the second to say she’d stabbed him multiple times.

When police arrived at her flat Young – with her hands covered in blood – told them: “The power it gave me was amazing.

“I have severe mental health issues, I need to go to Carstairs. We’ve been friends for ages but this has been coming for ages.”

Later she told PC Pamela Leishman, 41: “Melissa didn’t help with prayers last night. I don’t normally stab someone.”

Constable Leishman said Young also spoke about hearing voices and music and may have mentioned the name Chloe during interview.

Under cross-examination by Jim Keegan, defending, the officer said she was aware Young had a tattoo of the Virgin Mary on one arm but said she had not seen a tattoo of Lucifer – the Devil – on the other arm.

Takeaway driver Matthew Hutchison said he tried to deliver a chicken korma to “Melissa” at the accused’s home in Corstorphine two hours before Mr Williamson was pronounced dead.

Mr Hutchison, 28, said at first no-one came to the door although he could hear someone talking inside.

When Young did respond, she told him her name was Chloe and claimed she hadn’t ordered a curry.

He said the accused had ordered him to “f*** off” and asked him to tell his bosses at the Raj Takeaway in Davidson’s Mains to “stop harassing me”.

But minutes later, he said she phoned his bosses to ask them to deliver the curry to Mr Williamson instead, saying it was meant for him but he didn’t have any credit on his phone.

Mr Hutchison said from Young’s mannerisms and her “slurred and prolonged speech” he formed the impression she was under the influence of drugs.

He said the “bizarre” incident ended with him returning to the block of flats at 11pm and following the deceased – who had been out walking his dog – into the building.

He told the jury: “It turned out I was standing behind him as he opened his door

“I said: ‘is this for you’ and he said: ‘No’ as if rather confused. I said the lady Chloe downstairs said it was for you.”

Mr Williamson replied: “Yes, that’s Melissa, but that’s not for me.” Mr Hutchison took the curry back to the shop.

Young, 37, offered to plead guilty to a reduced charge of culpable homicide “by reason of abnormality of mind” at the start of the trial but the Crown rejected her plea.

She denies murdering Mr Williamson, by abducting him, confining him in her flat against his will and repeatedly stabbing him on the body with a knife.

Pathologists who carried out a post mortem reported that Mr Williamson had suffered a total of 29 stab wounds: 12 to the left side of his chest, 12 to his left upper limb and five to his left lower limb.

The largest wound, located on his chest, measured 7.3cm by 3.8 cm and several had caused injuries to his left lung and heart.

The knife wounds to his torso also damaged his ribs and penetrated his diaphragm injuring other internal organs.

One of the injuries on his leg sliced through a major artery while another was three-and-a-half inches deep.

The defence conceded that the 29 stab wounds which killed Mr Williamson were inflicted by Melissa Young using a knife which was later recovered by police from the kitchen of her flat.

A toxicology report revealed that blood taken from the accused after she was detained showed traces of four different drugs and she was later found to be over the drink drive limit

PC Kirsty Bell, who was with the accused in a police van, said she heard her commenting: “It looks like murder” and “cut the aorta”.

Young further denies abducting and assaulting Mr Williamson in an alleged incident on July 18, 2013, after falsely alleging that he’d stolen her house keys, confining him against his will and presenting a knife at him, placing him in such a state of apprehension for his safety that he jumped from the first floor balcony of the flat to the garden below.

Edinburgh City Council support worker Maxine Tait, 46 said Mr Williamson had described the accused as “a nutter” and had claimed he had to jump from her balcony several months beforehand after she locked him in her flat.

The trial, before Lord Boyd, continues.