Karen Duncan, 28, was jailed for seven years over her role in the 2007 murder of Scott Burgess at his flat in Paisley, near Glasgow
Police are on the hunt for a killer after she dodged court over a dispute in the same town where she took her victim’s life.
Karen Duncan, 28, was jailed for seven years over her role in the 2007 murder of Scott Burgess at his flat in Paisley, near Glasgow.
Duncan, then just 17, stabbed Mr Burgess, 24, twice with a screwdriver in an attack which saw him killed after being stabbed around 80 times.
Stephen Price, who pleaded guilty to murder over the killing, posed next to Scott Burgess’ body with the knife he used to kill him, while Karen’s sister Irene, 29, took photographs.
Irene also photographed Price and Karen on a mobile phone camera as they splashed about in blood red water in a bath after killing Mr Burgess.
Karen pleaded guilty to culpable homicide. She was jailed for seven years and one month at the High Court in Glasgow in March 2008.
Once back on the streets of Paisley, she went on to have a scuffle with a woman at a property in the town’s Bank Street – the street where she now lives.
On October 3 last year Karen behaved in a threatening or abusive way towards a woman named Stacey Murdoch by shouting, swearing, threatening violence and placing Miss Murdoch in a state of fear or alarm.
Stephen Price (left), who pleaded guilty to murder, posed next to Scott Burgess’ body with the knife he used to kill him, while Karen’s sister Irene (right), 29, took photographs
Duncan previously pleaded guilty to a charge of breaking Section 38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 and was due to return to the dock on Friday to learn her fate.
But when she did not appear for sentencing, Sheriff Frances McCartney granted a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear at court – meaning police officers are now on the hunt for Karen, who could be jailed over the offence when she is caught and brought back to court for sentencing.
She was sentenced to a total of 85 months behind bars and told she would be supervised for three years once released from custody over Mr Burgess’ killing.
There was no motive for the crime other than Price believing Mr Burgess had made derogatory remarks about his friends.
Scott Burgess (pictured) was stabbed roughly 80 times in an attack which claimed his life in 2007
The High Court in Glasgow heard that Price and the Duncan sisters hatched a drink-fuelled plot to force 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’ involving at least 80 separate blows.
They all fled but the Duncans returned to Mr Burgess’ flat and moved his body so nobody could see it from the living room.
They hauled his corpse to an upstairs bathroom and dumped it face-down in the bath they filled with water and bleach, then closed the door.
Irene was released after serving the sentence and went on to clock up a number of offences, including a knife attack and police assault
They cut out bloodstained carpet, shoved it into a rubbish chute and burned it in the bins below, then smashed up the phone used to take the morbid pictures and buried it.
But it was recovered by police – and forensic experts found the shocking photographs.
Irene, who was 18 at the time, was caged for 27 months after admitting attempting to defeat the ends of justice, by trying to conceal evidence, while Price, who was then 20 and pleaded guilty to murder, was jailed for 15 years.
Irene was released after serving the sentence and went on to clock up a number of offences, including a knife attack and police assault.
And earlier this month it emerged she would spend Christmas behind bars and have to give birth while in prison after she was jailed for a Paisley knife rampage.
She was spotted ‘holding two large kitchen knives at around waist height’ and running along Bank Street with the weapons.
Police officers called to investigate later found the knives and a screwdriver, the same type of weapons used to kill Mr Burgess, on the ground near to where she was.
Sheriff David Pender jailed Irene for 22 months and placed her on a nine-month-long Supervised Release Order, which will see her supervised in the community for nine months for that offence.