Ten years for thug’s attack on ex-fiancee

A VICIOUS thug who tried to kill his ex-fiancee the day after they were supposed to marry has been jailed for 10 years.

Steven McKee knifed Lisa Whyte at their Slamannan home after his chilling threat: “If I can’t have you, nobody will”.

The blood-soaked 32-year-old later fled with the seven-inch blade still sticking out of her neck.

McKee (38) was convicted of attempted murder last month after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

He had alleged that Lisa, mother of his two young daughters, was injured while trying to stop him committing suicide, but this was branded “ridiculous” by prosecutors.

Passing sentence on Tuesday, judge Lord Kinclaven told McKee the attack had a “physical, emotional and psychological effect” on the young mum.

Locking him up for 10 years, the judge also ordered he be supervised for a further four years on his release.

He added: “This is a very serious offence – only a significant custodial sentence can be imposed.”

Lisa was back in court with her family to see her ex-lover jailed.

There were gasps as the sentence was announced and a cry of “you cracker”.

The victim’s mum Ann Whyte also punched the air in celebration.

Outside court, Mrs Whyte said: “We are all just delighted with the result.”

During the trial, the court heard the coupled rowed after Lisa came back from her hen night in Newcastle last July 18.

Self-employed glazier McKee had pestered her with calls and then demanded she go straight back to their home in Culloch Road.

She said he was very angry and it was the “final nail in the coffin” for their seven year relationship.

The payroll administrator told McKee their wedding planned for Falkirk Registry Office that Friday was off.

On July 24, she met him at the family home where she told the jury that he was asking for a reconciliation. However, she said that wasn’t why she was there.

He then told her: “Well, if I cannot have you, nobody will.”

Lisa recalled how crazed McKee came at her while clutching a knife.

She said: “He just started attacking me and saying he was going to kill me. He was bending over me – at no point did I stand up.”

She remembered lying face down on the floor as 16-stone McKee was “strangling” her.

Lisa told the jury: “I was trying to fight – fight for my two children.”

She lost consciousness and recalled waking up under a rug in her house before stumbling to her next door neighbour’s home.

Christine Russell (40) told the court her friend looked like she had been “dipped head first in blood”.

She later said she was frightened Lisa would die from her horrific injuries.

Christine said: “It seemed as if he had tried to decapitate her because he had used three knives. He’d cut her throat, back and front and on her chest. I could clearly see her windpipe. It was like a horror film.

“She was like a living corpse.”

Lisa was later airlifted to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow where medics battled to save her.

McKee’s counsel Derrick Nelson said the thug was “genuinely remorseful” for what happened.

The QC added: “He is obviously a highly emotional man who was devastated at the break-up of not only his relationship, but with his family.”

Previously, Lisa had said she was delighted that “justice had been done”.