Woman ‘was possessed’ when she killed friend

Glenure Loan, where the killing took place. Picture: Julie Bull
Glenure Loan, where the killing took place. 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 has 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 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.” After saying that, she covered her mouth with her hand asking if she’d said too much, he said.

Young has confessed to stabbing Mr Williamson to death in her flat in Glenure Loan, Drumbrae, 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.

Young further denies abducting and assaulting Mr Williamson in an alleged incident on July 18, 2013.

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

The trial, before Lord Boyd, continues.