Monday 20 November 2017

Scissor Sisters' brother is jailed indefinitely for stabbing partner

Rebecca Penston

THE brother of the notorious Scissor Sisters stabbed his partner after his mother Kathleen Mulhall left a suicide note.

A court heard how James Mulhall (39) had been left "distressed" when his mother self-harmed while living with him in England after her release from prison.

Mulhall left his long-term partner Margaret McNamee with 12 wounds after stabbing her with a seven-inch vegetable peeling knife during the frenzied attack at their home in Leeds, England, on September 30 last year.

He punctured both her lungs and left her with wounds to her chest, face, hand and leg.

A sentencing hearing was told the attack was sparked by a row over whether Mulhall's mother, Kathleen, could stay in their house in Leeds.

She had been released from prison in 2011, having served five years for impeding an investigation into the death of her partner, Farah Swaleh Noor.

Sisters Linda and Charlotte Mulhall are still serving prison sentences for killing Mr Noor in 2005.

Now their brother has also been jailed indefinitely for stabbing his partner, after a judge deemed him a risk to the public.

Mulhall has a number of serious convictions, including several in Ireland.

At Leeds Crown Court, Judge Geoffrey Marson handed Mulhall an indefinite sentence for public protection, with a minimum term of four years and four months before he can be considered for parole. The 151 days he has already served will be taken into account, but he will be on licence for at least 10 years after release.

The judge told him: "You are a man who clearly when in drink can be violent. There were 12 wounds. Both lungs were punctured which required treatment.

"I am satisfied that it was really serious injury and that, in fact, you wanted to cause more serious injury than was done.

"The force of the attack had bent the blade of the knife. It is a miracle that your partner was not more seriously hurt."

Mr Keeley, defending, said his client had been "distressed" at the time of the attack.

"The family had essentially been forced to leave Ireland. They came to this country, and had been here for two years before this incident occurred.

"At the time, the defendant's mother had been staying with the family. The defendant had been told by his ex-partner that his mother had to go," he said.

"His mother left a suicide note and had self-harmed, which distressed this defendant."


Mr Keeley added that Mulhall had also tried to take his own life in previous years.

The court was told a neighbour heard the arguing and called the police – and Ms McNamee was then seen leaving the house, covered in blood and carrying the knife she had taken from Mulhall.

Police officers tried to get into the house, but Mulhall was "being defensive and aggressive, shouting and slamming the door in their faces".

Judge Marson told the accused: "The psychiatric report says that you have a personality disorder and a problem with alcohol. There is a risk of serious future harm happening.

"You are a significant risk to the public and others that there would be other very serious offences committed. For that reason, I am imposing an indeterminate sentence for public protection."

Irish Independent

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