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Brother of Scissor Sisters locked up for knifing partner

A BROTHER of the notorious 'Scissor Sisters' has been jailed indefinitely for stabbing his partner after a judge deemed him a risk to the public.

James Mulhall (39) 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 on September 30 last year.

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

Mulhall's sisters, Linda and Charlotte, are serving prison sentences for killing their mother Kathleen's partner Farah Swaleh Noor in 2005.

Noor was stabbed more than 20 times in a drink and drug-fuelled frenzy.

Violent

Mother-of-one Charlotte Mulhall (28) was found guilty of murder and given a life sentence. Mother-of-four Linda Mulhall (36) was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years.

Yesterday, at Leeds Crown Court, in the north of England, 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 judge told him: "You are a man who clearly when drinking can be violent.

"There were 12 wounds. Both lungs were punctured which required treatment.

"The force of the attack had bent the blade of the knife.

"It is a miracle that your partner was not more seriously hurt."

The court heard previously how Mulhall, who pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, had been seen doing a "punching action" against his partner – which turned out to be the stabbing.

Charles Blatchford, prosecuting, told the court how Mulhall was then seen to be kneeling over Ms McNamee holding the kitchen knife with both hands and stabbing her with it.

Blood

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.

Mr Blatchford also told how when police arrived, they could hear screaming from inside the house.

"They noticed the victim was covered in blood," he said.

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

One of the officers managed to use CS gas, but he still wouldn't allow them into the house – so they called for assistance and a "burly officer" arrived.

"After a struggle the defendant was arrested," Mr Blatchford added.

Ms McNamee was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where a doctor found 12 wounds over her chest, face, hand and leg.

"A chest x-ray showed both lungs had been punctured by wounds. She had to have bilateral chest drains," Mr Blatchford said.

Judge Marson told Mulhall: "The psychiatric report says you have a personality disorder and a problem with alcohol.

Serious

"There is a risk of serious future harm happening."

He told Mulhall he was a risk to "particularly women" and anyone he was in a relationship with.

"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."

He told Mulhall that he must serve at least four years and four months, less the 151 days he has already served, before he is considered for parole. He would be on licence for at least 10 years after that.

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