‘Devil’ made woman try to kill disabled man

Crawford was treated at Orchard Clinic. Picture: Comp
Crawford was treated at Orchard Clinic. Picture: Comp
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A woman who turned up at an Edinburgh police station with blood on her hands after trying to murder a disabled man was detained at a psychiatric hospital under a compulsion order today.

Yvonne Crawford arrived at Wester Hailes station and announced: “The Devil made me do it.”

She told a counter clerk that the devil had told her to stab someone and revealed the identity of her victim and the address where she had carried out the attack.

Officers were sent to Richard O’Rourke’s home at Walkers Rigg, in Edinburgh, where the amputee answered his door in a wheelchair with blood covering his head and upper body.

Advocate depute David Taylor earlier told the High Court in Edinburgh that police could see wounds to Mr O’Rourke’s head, face and right hand and also found a puncture wound on his stomach.

The prosecutor said: “There was a lot of blood on the living room floor and hallway. Broken glass was also over the living room floor.”

Officers gave first aid to the attack victim as they waited for an ambulance to take him to hospital.

The victim pointed out a blood covered eight-inch kitchen knife as having been used by his “girlfriend” to stab him and said she had smashed him on the head with a glass.

Crawford (44) formerly of Walkers Wynd, Edinburgh, previously admitted assaulting Mr O’Rourke by striking him with a bottle or similar and striking him with a knife to his severe injury, danger of life and attempting to murder him in December 2012. The court heard that she was later held under a treatment order at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s Orchard Clinic.