Woman who stabbed boyfriend in neck plans to become trans man weeks after jail proposal

Cody Jamieson, formerly known as Christine Jamieson -Credit:Vic Rodrick
Cody Jamieson, formerly known as Christine Jamieson -Credit:Vic Rodrick

A woman who stabbed her boyfriend in the neck is planning to become a transgender man - just weeks after her victim proposed to her in jail.

Cody Jamieson, formerly known as Christine Jamieson, admitting knifing John Clifton in the head, neck and chest to his severe injury in a vicious attack last year.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to seriously assaulting her lover to his severe injury in her home in West Calder, West Lothian.

She was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Mr Clifton survived the knife attack and went on to propose to Cody while she was being held on remand in prison, Livingston Sheriff Court was told.

Despite the marriage proposal, Jamieson’s lawyer revealed that she now had “issues with her sexuality and gender” and now wants to be known as Cody.

Police had been called to a property by Jamieson who made an emergency call to summon an ambulance on 16 October 2023.

They found the accused inside with Mr Clifton, who was bleeding from stab wounds to his collarbone, neck and head.

Depute fiscal Christine Brownlie said officers listened to a recording of the 999 call in which Jamieson identified herself and told the call handler that Mr Clifton was “bleeding bad” from his injuries.

She stated that someone else had stabbed him, saying: “I’m sorry. It wasn’t me”.

She went on to claim that someone had kicked in the door to the property and attacked Mr Clifton with a knife.

She told the call handler: “Blood is pouring, spurting from him, and it’s really bad.”

Miss Brownlie said the accused was the only other person in the house, although officers noted there was damage to the front door.

Police later recovered a silver handled kitchen knife, which appeared to have dried blood on it, from the property.

Jamieson was later charged with assaulting Mr Clifton to the danger of his life.

Miss Brownlie said the victim needed sutures inserted in a 4cm neck wound and had a cut to his chest closed with Steristrips. She handed graphic photographs of Mr Clifton’s injuries to presiding Sheriff Peter Hammond.

Jamieson pleaded guilty via a video link from Grampian Prison to a charge of assaulting her partner to his severe injury by striking him to the head and body with a knife.

The Crown accepted that the attack was not to the danger of Mr Clifton’s life as initially alleged.

Jamieson admitted she was subject to two bail orders from Falkirk Sheriff Court at the time of the offence.

Her not guilty pleas to two further charges of assaulting the police and resisting arrest were accepted by the prosecution.

Murray Aitken, defending, said the complainer and the accused had been in a relationship for about a year before the stabbing.

He revealed that Mr Clifton had stayed in touch with Jamieson while she was being held on remand in prison and had proposed marriage within the last month.

He added that his client had struggled all her life with substance misuse and currently had "issues with her sexuality and gender”.

He said she had decided to start treatment to transition from being a woman into being a man.

Sheriff Hammond asked: “She is biologically female and it’s her intention to go in the direction of male?” and Mr Aitken confirmed that was the case.

Sentencing Jamieson, Sheriff Hammond told her: “You have pleaded guilty on indictment to a serious offence of assaulting your partner or former partner by attacking him with a knife to his severe injury.

“You have an unenviable record and, in the circumstances, the only appropriate disposal is a custodial sentence.”

He said he would have jailed her for 21 months but, since she had already served the equivalent of an eight-and-a-half month sentence on remand, he would reduce the prison term to 12-and-a-half months.

He added: “I’ve been addressed on the situation between yourself and the complainer and in the circumstances, I’m not going to make a non-harassment order.”

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