Life term for mother-to-be killer

Alan McMullan

A man who stabbed a heavily pregnant woman in a random street attack has been jailed for life.

Alan McMullan attacked Claire Wilson, 21, as she walked to work in a Grimsby pizza restaurant last June.

Hull Crown Court heard McMullan, 54, claimed voices had told him to harm people and he had previously received treatment from mental health services.

McMullan, of Sherwood Road, Grimsby, was told he would serve at least 20 years in jail for Miss Wilson’s murder.

McMullan admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility when he appeared at Hull Crown Court last September.

However, his plea was not accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

The jury of six men and six women returned a verdict of guilty on the murder charge on Wednesday after deliberating for an hour and 30 minutes.

The seven-day trial heard how Miss Wilson, who was six months pregnant, and her unborn baby died in hospital after McMullan forcefully stabbed her in the back in Pasture Street before walking "casually" away.

He told police officers who arrested him: "I’ve got voices in my head telling me to do it. I left the knife stuck in her."

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