Alcoholic attacked herself to fool PSNI


A woman who slashed herself in the arms and stomach in a bid to mislead police investigating a fatal stabbing in Bangor has been placed on probation, after it emerged she had already served the equivalent of a three-year prison sentence on remand.

Stephen Davidson (31) was fatally stabbed in the chest and found in the living room of his home in the Ballyholme Road area of Bangor on February 10, 2013.

Earlier this month, 42-year old Paul Bustard admitted the manslaughter of Mr Davidson, and he is due to be sentenced next month.

Appearing at Belfast Crown Court was Meabh Breanda Mairead Farrell, 32 and from HMP Hydebank Wood, who was Paul Bustard’s girlfriend at the time of the manslaughter.

The court heard in the aftermath of the killing, Farrell caused injuries to her forearms and abdomen in a bid to fool police into believing Mr Davidson had caused the wounds.

She also offered assistance to Bustard, including helping to find him accommodation, which helped him evade arrest in the wake of the fatal knife attack.

The court also heard Farrell described as a chronic alcoholic who, when in a relationship with a man with a criminal disposition, would become “submissive” to an “aggressive” male.

Making her subject to a two-year probation order, Mr Justice Maguire said yesterday: “Was it not for the very substantial period this lady has already served in custody, I would have imposed a custodial sentence, but I have to take into account the reality of the situation.”