A female killer who bathed in her victim’s blood after attacking him with a screwdriver has gone on the run after failing to attend court.
Karen Duncan, 28, was jailed for seven years for her role in the murder of Scott Burgess, 24, in his flat in Paisley, near Glasgow, in 2007.
She was just 17 when she stabbed Mr Burgess twice with a screwdriver as her then boyfriend Stephen Price, then 20, killed him by knifing him more than 80 times.
Duncan’s sister Irene, 29, then took photos of the couple posing alongside their victim’s dead body, then splashing each other in a bath of his blood.
During sentencing, the judge was told how the victim was killed in revenge for derogatory comments he made about Price’s friends.
Price pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life while Duncan admitted culpable homicide and was jailed for seven years. Her sister was sentenced to 27 months.
According to the Scottish Sun, on October 3 last year Duncan issued threats and screamed abuse at a neighbour, Stacey Murdoch, leaving her ‘in a state of fear or alarm’.
Duncan pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was due to return to court on Friday for sentencing but she never showed up.
Sheriff Frances McCartney has granted a warrant for her arrest, meaning police are now on the hunt for Karen, who could be jailed for breaking Section 38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.
When she was sentenced for her part in killing Mr Burgess, Duncan was told she would be supervised for three years once released from custody.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that Price and the Duncan sisters got drunk then forced their way into Mr Burgess’s flat.
Once inside, Price locked the front door and launched what was described as ‘a frenzied and sustained knife assault’.
It was so violent that Price managed to stab himself in the arm during the killing.
After the murder, Price was photographed smiling and holding the knife alongside Mr Burgess’ bloodsoaked corpse, with a police source at the time saying: ‘I’ve never seen such graphic pictures of a murder.’
All three fled the flat but the Duncans later returned to move the victim’s body so nobody could see it through the living room window.
They hauled his corpse to an upstairs bathroom and dumped it face-down in the bath they had filled with water and bleach.
His distraught family found him nine days after his death. They went to his home to check on him, looked through his kitchen window and saw blood.
The phone pictures were deleted and the phone was smashed and buried in a bin bag, along with the knife and screwdriver and the killers’ clothes.
Price denied the murder but changed his tune and pled guilty after forensics experts recovered the grisly images from the smashed mobile phone.
Duncan admitted her part in the killing and her sister pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.