A Scottish man’s 10-year jail term for a bizarre killing has been cut by two years on appeal.

Colin McFarlane, 50, and Mark Gallagher, 37, had struck a deal to end a feud after Mr Gallagher appeared in court charged with stabbing McFarlane’s son.

The men met behind the pavilion of a park in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, and Mr Gallagher expected “a wee stab” to the leg in return for the son not identifying him when the case went to court.

Dad-of-two Mr Gallagher told his girlfriend: “I’ll just get a wee stab and that will be that.”

McFarlane said: “I’m going to do to you what you did to my boy.”

However, he twice plunged a knife deep into Mr Gallagher’s right buttock, and severed a major vein and an artery. Mr Gallagher bled to death.

McFarlane, of Tullichewan, Alexandria, admitted the culpable homicide of Mr Gallagher, of Rosshead, Alexandria, on 15 January, and was jailed for ten years, reduced from 12 years because he had pleaded guilty.

The Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh ruled that a greater discount should have been given for the early plea, and imposed a sentence of eight years.

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A new drug causing bizarre and irrational behaviour has emerged in South Australia, and has led to the death of a man who killed himself by repeatedly running into trees and power poles.

The two drug types – known as 25B-NBOMe and 25I-NBOMe – were responsible for the death of a man in the Mid North in March, who died from injuries sustained after running into fixed objects, trees and power poles as a result of an overdose.

In the past 11 days, there were two non-fatal overdoses – also in the mid-north of the state – in young adults who were related to each other.

Drug Investigation Branch Acting Detective Superintendent Derryn Phillips said the relatively new drug was believed to be made in China and bought over the internet.

She said its long and short-term health issues, and its presence interstate, were unknown.

The drug is a derivative of potent hallucinogens, 2CB and 2CI, both banned substances in South Australia. They are marketed similar to LSD.

“The effects of these drugs causes bizarre and irrational behaviour, paranoia, fear and confusion. Other effects include increased body temperature, sweats and seizures,” she said.

“Overdose on these drugs is a reality… and can obviously result in dire consequences.”

Acting Det Supt Phillips said users of the drug were setting themselves up as guinea pigs and often tended to double dose or redose if the effects of the drug were not felt immediately.

She said there was nothing to suggest the drugs were isolated in the Mid North.

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A woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend has offered a rather unique but bizarre excuse.

He stabbed himself in the chest as I held the knife — that is the remarkable “confession” of a young woman accused of plunging a knife into the chest of her boyfriend in their New York apartment last month.

“I grabbed a butter knife and told him not to touch me!” Latvian Yekatrina Pusepa told police in a statement released Thursday, as she pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.

Pusepa’s boyfriend, Alec Katzhelson, 22, was hospitalized with stab wounds to the chest after their feud.

Just two months prior to their bloody fight, Katzhelson had been charged with misdemeanor assault for an alleged coke-fueled fight in which he pushed Pusepa down a flight of stairs.

Coincidentally, Katzhelson had a court appearance on that alleged assault Thursday in the same building that Pusepa was arraigned.

Pusepa’s lawyer, Kevin O’Connell, hinted that he may pursue a self-defense strategy based on what he called the couple’s “volatile relationship.”

“I told him to get away from me. Then he started screaming that he hates me and wants to end his life,” she said of the fight, according to court statements. “The guy is suicidal. Then he grabbed my hand with the knife in it and stabbed himself in the chest and fell to the floor. It all happened so fast.”

Pusepa remains jailed in lieu of a $125,000 bail bond. She is back in court Aug. 1.

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35-year-old Danielle Harkins convinced the Florida teens that they needed to rid their bodies of demons as the group gathered before dusk Saturday around a small fire near the St. Petersburg Pier.

She told them that they should cut their skin to let the evil spirits out, then, they needed to burn the wounds to ensure that those spirits would not return.

Some kids got cut, police said. Some kids got burned. Harkins got arrested.

Harkins, a literacy teacher at Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center, was booked in jail Tuesday morning on child abuse charges in connection with the bizarre ritual. She was held in jail Tuesday night on $55,000 bail.

The ritual was attended by seven teenagers, all of Asian ethnic background, whom Harkins had taught a few years ago in her job at the center. At least two were injured, police said.

“Obviously, it’s very strange,” said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz. “The motivations for the ritual are very unknown to us.”

None of the teens told their parents about the incident. Police investigated after one of the teens, a 16-year-old boy, sent a text message about the incident to a friend. The friend told the boy’s parents, who notified police.

In interviews with detectives, the teens were reluctant to talk about the ritual beyond the basic facts of what happened. They did reveal a few things.

When Harkins held a lighter to one teen’s hand, wind blew the flame out, police said. That prompted her to douse his hand in perfume before setting it on fire. The boy suffered second-degree burns, police said.

Another teen was cut on the neck with a broken bottle, police said. Harkins used a flame to heat a small key, which she then used to cauterize the wound.

Steven Chanthalima, 17, one of the teens who attended the gathering, declined Tuesday evening to discuss what happened.

“I’m okay,” he said. “I’m fine. All I know is she’s in custody.”

Harkins was suspended without pay from her job at the family center, where she has worked for about 41/2 years, said Carolyn Chance, the center’s administrator.

“We had no suspicion of any of this,” Chance said. “We do everything we can to know our employees.”

None of the teens was currently taking part in any of the center’s programs, Chance said. As a literacy specialist, Harkins taught reading and writing skills to the center’s clients.

Though the motives behind the ritual remain unclear, court records and those who know Harkins offer a few clues.

Harkins recently divorced her husband, George. They had two children, a 4-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.

Records show that Harkins was the defendant in a sexual violence injunction that was dismissed in January. In August, she filed a domestic violence injunction against her husband, which was also dismissed.

The divorce was finalized June 1. About a month before, Harkins began acting strangely.

Lisa Cope, Harkins’ next-door neighbor for the past four years, said the last time she saw her, Harkins had taken an interest in extreme religious beliefs.

“She was my friend,” Cope said. “She cried on my shoulder when she and her husband were getting a divorce.”

Cope didn’t know what to make of her neighbor’s newfound religious interest.

“She told me I was okay,” Cope said. “She said I didn’t have any demons.”

In the past few days, Harkins disappeared. Cope picked up her mail. She phoned George Harkins and learned that the couple’s children were fine. On Tuesday, she saw the story on the news.

“I don’t know where she got the whole demon idea,” she said. “Who knows what makes people think those things?”

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Sunday Crime Showdown 18 March 2012

On March 18, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Cameras at U.K. gas stations will block uninsured drivers from refueling

Airport security to passengers: Please leave grenades home

Event hall investigated for sham ‘wedding

China Pulls Death Row Interview TV Show off the Air

Residents Of Town Angered By Drug Arrests

Gettysburg museum store pulls John Wilkes Booth bobblehead

Boston police clamp down on slam dancing

Israeli Man Acquitted Over Forgery Of Relics

Police search for man who helped injured officer after serious crash

Drunk drives down bike trail, hits woman

Woman Who Raised Money For Her Fake Cancer Fined $100

Man Accused Of Beating Woman With Hammer, Raping Her Child, Stabbing Dog

Cop Pleads Guilty To Showing Penis Pics To Women At Traffic Stops

Woman passes out in car as child plays at McDonald’s

Dad beats up youth coach, bites off his ear

Man charged for knocking out daughter’s coach

Mom Blames ‘Evil Presence’ For Daughter’s Stabbing Death

Nicolas Sarkozy sorry after son throws tomato at policewoman guarding presidential palace

Sex Offender Accused Of Sodomizing 13-Year-Old Boy In Library

Man kept dead dad in living room for months

Illegal Archeological Dig Leaves 10 Dead in Egypt

Police Looking For Man Who Exposed Himself To Girls In Hobby Lobby

Cop: Woman, 22, Battered Live-In Boyfriend, 74

Caught on tape: Shop owner fights robber

Girl Forced To Wear Embarrassing Shirt As Punishment For Shoplifting

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Sunday Crime Showdown 11 March 2012

On March 11, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Obama’s Birth Certificate is fake

Man Asks 71-Year-Old Attempted Rape Victim To ‘Pray For Me’

Man Charged After Shooting Boy In Eye With Crossbow

Girl Scouts robbed of cookie cash

New hit TV show: Death row interviews moments before execution

Federal Agents Hunt Fugitive “Homeless Hacker” Under Indictment For Online “Anonymous” Attack

Jeffrey Dahmer Groupon deal draws fire

Phony Postal Inspector Busted For Swiping Pot Shipments

Boy, 8, caught driving SUV

Mom accused of burning teen’s face

Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

Andrew Breitbart death sparks conspiracy theories

Stolen ‘Power Band’ bracelet leads to robbery arrest

Heroin disguised as candy seized at Florida airport

Prosecutor defends drunk flying plea

‘Santa’ posts bond for child sex charges

Man Injured, Another Man Charged After Game Of Russian Roulette

Mom Accused Of Letting Son Drown Because She Hated Him

Judge Resigns, Accused Of Showing iPhone Full O’ Penis To Worker

Mom Accused Of Pimping Out 6-Year-Old Daughter To Homeless Men

Miami cop probed for moving mattresses on patrol car

Man Attacked Mom For Using His Taco Sauce

Man Charged With Biting, Punching Children During Domestic Dispute

Candidate for mayor charged with domestic violence

UPDATE: Man arrested after giant chicken stolen

Home invasion suspects use flowers

Man Charged With Biting Off Another Man’s Nose During Fight

A tank, a bomb robot, 40 deputies and Steven Seagal is normal for chicken raid

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Sunday Crime Showdown 4 March 2012

On March 4, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Man Bites Off Man’s Ear During Gambling Argument

North Carolina man loses $49k collection of poison snakes

Man accused in Secret Service car theft

Mother runs down burglary suspect on foot

911 terrorist’s face reportedly used in Facebook ad

Fireman Sam creator detained at airport for ‘racist’ scarf comment at security gate

Woman steals Crest Whitestrips at Ellenton Kmart, places them in mouth

Man owes $30,000 in driving fines, cops say

Case of slain socialite takes bizarre turns

Man gets 6 years in jail for stealing 6 year old girl’s Puppy

Naked Man Steals Fire Truck, Kills Pedestrian

Serial Public Masturbator Into Diff’rent Strokes

Unmasked man held up post office where he was a regular customer using an empty air rifle with his initials carved on the butt

Man jailed for having sexual relations with blind 17-year-old Yorkshire terrier

Karaoke singer shot in head for singing for the wrong song in Restaurant

Girl wins right to ‘Tequila’ name

Tanning peeper pleads guilty to child porn

Tip From 4chan Leads To Arrest Of Site Visitor On Child Porn Charges

Police Arrest Robber Across The Street From Bank

Animal Rights Activist Accused Of Hiring Hit Man To Kill Random Fur-Wearer

Naked Man Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

Photo leads Wash. police to bank rob arrest

Federal Agents Seize Drugs Sent By Bear In Cave

Headteacher blasted for using fake gun in hoax kidnapping stunt

Thieves swipe Miss Wash. crown, sash, car

Rabbit named Susan found with ears lopped off

Ga. man is arrested after returning to bank after robbery attempt to get money for cab

Mom Accused Of Using 10-Year-Old To Help Shoplift From Target

Teacher Who Screened “Jackass” Movie In High School Latin Class Placed On Leave

Man arrested with fake Jack Nicholson ID

Woman Arrested After Letter Admitting Guilt Is Found At Dog’s Grave

Protestors throw urine bombs at Denver police

Man Arrested in Disneyland Freakout

Police Plan Wedding for Runaway Parolee

Judge’s dismissal of harassment charge goes viral

Man who crushed teen girl’s car pays for replacement

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U.K. Cops Warned Under-Wire Bras Could be Dangerous

Fake cop pulls over real cop

Australian man claims ‘G’day, sport‘ is racial abuse

Escorts Claim Utah Law Makes Acting Sexy Illegal

Mom Allegedly Assaults Drug Dealer Trying To Supply Son With Heroin

Scrapbook of 100-year-old criminal mugshots set to be auctioned

Parolee seen shooting gun on Facebook

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Sunday Crime Showdown 26 February 2012

On February 26, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Heartless mother and evil son jailed for leaving two dogs to starve to death in boarded-up attic

Ton of marijuana smuggled in with limes

New weapon in war on prostitution – Flashlights

Man issued ticket shows up at officer’s house

Man’s Reputation Damaged Over Lower Handicap Sues for $13.2 Million

Court Orders Man to Apologize to Estranged Wife Over Facebook

Defense: Ga. Suspect Says Angel Told Him To Kill

Woman pleads guilty to library thefts

Bullet fired in Mexico shootout hits woman in El Paso, Texas

Man Fabricated Carjacking for a Free Ride from Police, but gets free ride to Jail instead

Police Search for Cypress College Bathroom Peeper

Cleaning lady busted for jewelry theft

Boy Flips after Catching his mother having Sex with his friend, 15, Mother claims she was raped

Doctor cleared of ‘horse woman’ abuse

Trooper Terminated For Ignoring Chase Suspect In Burning Wreckage

Jilted Man Busted Over Phony Craigslist Posts

Woman Jailed in Pa. Has Trail of Fake Pregnancies

Infected Inmate May Have Spit in Guards Food

Robbery fail in Rotterdam!

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Massachusetts Teen Reportedly Shocked For Hours At Special Needs School

Man Arrested For Biting Off Man’s Ear

Meeting With Pit Bull Cost Prostitute An Arm And A Leg

Flight Returns Over Man With Electronic Cigarette

Gun Found Inside Piano Donated to Nursing Home

Teen Tourist Helps Police Nab Suspect at NY Airport

The ‘C’ word is just as bad as the ‘N’ word

Sex with the dead? Illinois bill would make it illegal

Grandpa faces prison for firing gun to catch burglar

Eighth-Grader Suspended For Using Oregano In Pot Prank

Workman charged with bestiality with a Labrador retriever

Repeat: Do Not Call 911 If You Need A Taxi

Comic book thieves face murder charges

Police end bovine heart investigation

Cheater’s Web site lawsuit tossed out

Facebook Photo with Wax Obama Gets Sicilian Drug Dealer Arrested

Georgia commuter bus driver stabbed with pen

Drug addict uses mother’s car, runs up $120,000 in unpaid fines

Be careful what you text if you’re heading for divorce

Man Arrested After Late Night Craigslist Encounter

Drunk driver crashes into county jail

SC mayor sneaks into town hall, pulls over trooper

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A very bizarre road rage incident took place near Crofton, Maryland on Monday afternoon.

Witnesses say a newly-wed couple in a Ford Explorer were playing around at a red light – getting out of their car, running around it and then getting back in.

The occupants of the car right next to them, a PT Cruiser, didn’t appreciate that, so they started making obscene gestures at the married couple. And that’s when things started getting ugly.

Rocky Coulter was driving nearby and says he saw the whole thing. “The Ford Explorer driver got out. He approached the PT Cruiser, the guy in the PT Cruiser opened the door, and reached out…and looked like he punched him,” Coulter says.

In fact, police say the driver of the Explorer had been stabbed.

According to Coulter, despite bleeding profusely from the stab wound, the driver of the Explorer got back into his car and, when he caught up to the PT Cruiser about a minute later on Route 3, started ramming the car from behind, sending the PT Cruiser into a ditch. And that’s when things started getting really ugly again.

“The driver of the Explorer and the guy who stabbed him got out of the cars first. And the guy that did the stabbing approached the other guy and tried to fight him. And the guy that got stabbed just hit him and it just knocked him out for like a minute, he was down on the ground,” Coulter says.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital with what are described as non-life threatening injuries. Police says the driver of the PT Cruiser will be arrested once he’s released from the hospital.

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Sunday Crime Showdown 19 February 2012

On February 19, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Man walks into bank to cash check – gets mistaken for robber

Student strip searched in front of classmates

FBI Probe Targets Musician Who Allegedly Swapped Naked Photos With Underage Female Fans

Woman Jumped To Her Death Fleeing From Angry Husband

Police Say Mom Stole Money From Son Deployed To Afghanistan

Suspect bummed a smoke from alleged victim

Mickey Mouse spurs school lockdown

Cow heart left on porch

Man drinks ‘poison’ when verdict is read

Ohio Man Arrested for Stealing Urns to Sell Metal

Woman asks to smoke crack before going to jail

Widow pleads guilty to having hubby’s gun

Naked Man Arrested for Firing Gun at House

VW beetle police car pulls over pickup driver

Crime pays – Steal $100,000, pay back $5,000

Pair stabs clerk after credit card was declined

Trip to 7-Eleven leads Bangkok police to tiger butchers

Man Apologizes for Shooting at “Wrong Car”

Woman Threatens To Get Stabby After Boyfriend Fails To Provide V-Day Gift

Woman Charged After Maggots Found In Her Sick Baby’s Diaper

Woman paid $320,000 over 12 years for no work

Fake Nikes had too many fingers on logo

Obama’s border enforcement keeps hair dryers out

Alleged counterfeiter is homeless

Boy steals car… again

Kentucky Family Sues Cemetery Owners For Dropping Mothers Casket

Man Choked Motorist, Tried To Punch Trooper

Man Accused of Stealing Cartloads of Tide Detergent Worth Thousands

Man Beat Child To Death For Not Vacuuming Apartment

Twins charged in Williamston robberies arrested

Retired South Carolina Man, 74, Arrested For Offering Sex To Pair Of Undercover Cops

Justice Breyer robbed at his vacation home

Eighth-Grader Shoots Self In Face With Shotgun In School Cafeteria

Man makes off with iPad hidden in pants

Man Arrested for Dumping a Disabled Man out of Wheelchair

One of AA’s 12 steps – groping

Woman Accused of Putting Dog in Trash Can – Twice

Fugitive gives his whereabouts on Facebook

Man Repeatedly Raped Woman With Beer Bottle, Recorded Assaults

Man kills girlfriend in fight over noodles, beer

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