Woman to be sentenced for stabbing care worker to death

Kellyanne McNaughton admitted killing Michele Rutherford at supported accommodation last year.

Kellyanne McNaughton to be sentenced for stabbing care worker Michele Rutherford to death in Stirling Police Scotland

A woman who stabbed a care worker to death is due to be sentenced on Friday.

Kellyanne McNaughton, 33, admitted killing Michele Rutherford, 54, at supported accommodation last year.

McNaughton stabbed Ms Rutherford repeatedly during the attack at Craighall Court, Stirling, on March 7, 2023.

She was arrested on the same day.

Ms Rutherford was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow but could not be saved.

McNaughton was originally charged with murder but prosecutors accepted a plea to the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

She pleaded guilty on January 8 and is to be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday.

Sentencing was originally scheduled for March and then earlier in May, but was delayed on each occasion as a suitable secure hospital could not be found to accommodate McNaughton.

Speaking following the conviction in January, Detective Inspector Scott Roxburgh said: “Michele Rutherford lost her life in tragic circumstances while at work caring for others.

“We know her loss has had a lasting impact on a great many people and, of course, in particular her family.

“Nothing can change what happened but I hope that this conviction can provide some degree of closure.”

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