A woman was battered with a brick and left unconscious to burn alive in a petrol-soaked car but her assailant is unlikely to ever stand trial, a court heard today.
Ann Drummond, who was found in a field rolling around and screaming for help, died of her injuries two days after the frenzied attack in West Lothian, Scotland.
Kevin Marks was arrested after a farm worker spotted the blaze and called the emergency services to Drumcross Farm in Bathgate on 25 June last year.
Ms Drummond, 47, was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with serious burns and head wounds, report the Daily Record.
Marks, also known as Kevin McFaulds, had himself suffered significant burns in the incident.
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It was alleged in court that Marks had trapped Ms Drummond in his car by parking it so the passenger door couldn’t be opened, then smashed her on the head several times with a brick before sloshing petrol over her body and the car and setting light to it
But at the High Court in Glasgow, defence QC Shelagh McCall said: “Mr Marks is unfit for trial and unfit to tender a plea. He is currently subject to a treatment order at the State Hospital.”
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After seeing a psychiatrist’s report, Judge Lady Stacey agreed, telling the accused: “Mr Marks we won't have a trial due to your condition, instead we will have an examination of facts.”
She issued a temporary compulsion ordering Marks to remain at the State Hospital for treatment.
Prosecutor Alan Cameron said: “At the examination of facts we intend to hear statements made by Ms Drummond shortly before her death to emergency services and statements made by her days before.”
Marks is also accused of aggressive behaviour and using offensive language towards his 94-year-old grandmother Mary McDonnell and his aunt Trina Milne, as well as assaulting a man at a pub on around the same date.
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