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A woman who battered a man to death with a glass tumbler and a mug has been jailed for a minimum of 14 years. Elizabeth Shields, 33, was convicted of murdering John Cook, 61, at his home in Barrhead in East Renfrewshire last October.

The High Court heard that she giggled as she told a 999 operator that Mr Cook was dead. She then rang her mother and told her: “I’ve just killed a man.

The court heard Shields has 49 previous convictions for offences including breach of the peace and assault.

She launched the attack after Mr Cook, who had befriended her, ordered her out of his house. As he lay dying, she began cutting one of his wrists with the broken glass.

A jury was played a tape of her speaking to a 999 operator who asked if she wanted the police. Shields replied: “No, you need a morgue.” The 33 year-old then laughed and added: “He is pan bread, lying dead.

Throughout her trial Shields denied murdering Mr Cook. [BBC]


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Jun. 17th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Mamma ... I've just killed a man. Bashed a mug against his head, cut his wrist and now he's dead.

Jun. 17th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Who on earth says "pan bread" as rhyming slang for dead? Unless she works in a branch of Pizza Express, or is the most middle class person ever to live in the UK (and let's be honest, it doesn't seem that way) there's your insanity plea sorted out.
Jun. 17th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
I thought it might be a Scots thing. Anyone?
Jun. 17th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, plain bread and pan bread are different things. Pan bread is posher, apparently - Iain's family describe snooty folk as 'panloafy people'
Jun. 17th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
The pertinent question is whether "pan bread" is a popular euphemism for "dead" or not. It would be weird if I said someone was "multiseed granary bread" for the same thing.

Was she just plucking a rhyme out of the air, or had she misremembered "brown bread"? I gots ta know!

Edited at 2010-06-17 02:43 pm (UTC)
Jun. 17th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Stephen Gately is pan bread ?

I don't think that makes it "popular", but it does double the number of citations.
Jun. 17th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
So are you saying she's single now, or not?
Jun. 17th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Nah, once she's in jail she'll have to change her relationship status to "It's complicated."
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