Theresa Riggi blade attack: Accused in court

Theresa Riggi, pictured in 2011 before the attack. Picture: PATheresa Riggi, pictured in 2011 before the attack. Picture: PA
Theresa Riggi, pictured in 2011 before the attack. Picture: PA
A WOMAN is to stand trial accused of slashing killer mum Theresa Riggi with a razor blade in Scotland’s only all-female prison.

• Woman accused of slashing killer mother Theresa Riggi appears in court over attack

• Angela Hamilton accused of disfiguring Riggi for life at Cornton Vale Prison

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She allegedly pulled the child killer’s hair and repeatedly struck her face and head with the blade, during an attack in Riggi’s cell, at Cornton Vale Prison, near Stirling, on November 19, 2011.

Riggi, 49, originally from California, United States, who is serving 16 years at the prison, after admitting to stabbing her three young children at their home in west Edinburgh, had to be rushed to hospital after the attack.

Hamilton, 40, currently a patient in a psychiatric ward at Leverndale Hospital in Glasgow, today denied the charge against her and is set to stand trial by jury at Falkirk Sheriff Court next week.

Theresa Riggi killed her three children, eight-year-old twins Austin and Gianluca, and their sister Cecilia, five, in August 2010, stabbing each of them eight times, in a crime that shocked Scotland.

She then allegedly tried to cover up their deaths with a gas explosion, before trying to kill herself by leaping out of their second-floor flat

She had moved to the capital with her children from Skene in Aberdeenshire following the break-up of her marriage to the children’s father, Pasquale Riggi.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Riggi had been a protective mother who was involved in a custody battle with her estranged husband over access to the children.

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Riggi was originally charged with murder but later admitted culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Lord Bracadale described the killings as “truly disturbing” and “grotesque”.

Another inmate in Cornton Vale, a 22-year-old woman, was charged with assaulting Riggi last October by allegedly throwing her down a flight of stairs, but the case was dropped in June when the Crown Office said there was insufficient evidence.

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