A BRUTAL thug has been convicted of trying to kill his ex-fiancee after she called off their wedding.
And this week, family and friends of victim Lisa Whyte condemned her former lover, Steven McKee, for making her go through the ordeal of a court appearance.
Evil McKee (38) knifed the mother of his two young daughters at their Slamannan home the day after the pair had been due to marry at Falkirk Registry Office.
Lisa fled the house at 19 Culloch Road with the knife still sticking out of her neck.
She sought refuge with a neighbour and was eventually airlifted by helicopter to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.
She spent days in intensive care fighting for her life before making a recovery.
But McKee, who was traced by police to Newcastle after the attack on July 24, maintained his plea of not guilty to attempted murder and Lisa (32) was forced to undergo the ordeal of giving evidence during his week-long trial at the High Court in Glasgow.
On Tuesday, she was hugged by friends and relatives in the courtroom after the jury returned a majority verdict.
Meanwhile, McKee, a self-employed glazier, sat in the dock shaking his head.
Following the verdict, Lisa’s father, Alex Whyte (60), said the entire family was relieved it was all over, but he hit out at the man who had been just days away from becoming his son-in-law.
Speaking from his Slamannan home, Alex said: “If he was any sort of a man he would have pled guilty. He put her through plenty at the time, he didn’t have to put her through all that in court.
“Hopefully, she can now get a wee bit of peace and move on. She’s been through a lot.
“We were never in doubt what would happen to him, but here’s hoping he gets what he deserves when he is sentenced next month.”
Following the verdict, Lisa, who now wears a scarf or high-necked top to cover scars, issued a statement thanking the medics who saved her life. She said: “My family and I have been devastated by this horrendous ordeal and are thankful that it has been drawn to a close. We are all satisfied with the guilty verdict and, although it will never compensate for the pain and upset he has caused, we are relieved that justice has been done.
“I would like to thank all the medical professionals for saving my life.
I would also like to thank my friends and family for their continued support, and my thanks to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
“Under the circumstances I would like to try and put this horrendous ordeal behind me and concentrate on my children and therefore would appreciate my privacy.”
McKee, who has been in custody since his arrest, was remanded for background reports, will be sentenced on March 15.