Dundee flat at centre of police probe into ‘severed hand’ incident

Police have swooped on a flat as part of a probe into a incident in which a woman’s hand was severed.

Residents living at Byron Crescent have reported seeing forensics officers and police at the property for several days.

It is understood that the police presence relates to an incident in which a man allegedly cut off a “vulnerable” woman’s right hand with a knife.

Stephen Brisbane, of no fixed abode, appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court on February 15.

Sandra McGowan

He has been charged with severing Sandra McGowan’s hand.

It is understood that the property at the centre at the of the investigation is Brisbane’s mother’s.

Edward Henderson, who lives on the street, said that police had been stationed on the street since last Monday morning at around 8am.

He said: “They have been outside the whole time.

“The forensics have been up but they said they’re not allowed to say anything because it is an ongoing investigation.

“It must be very, very serious. I came out in the morning and police were stationed at the door.

“I haven’t seen anyone from the flat come back or go out but police have been there day and night since last Monday.

“There was even been police from Perth here doing their stint.

Police outside a home on Byron Crescent

“CID were up at my house and they asked me if I had heard or seen anything.”

John Simpson, 49, who lives in the street said: “Police have been here for several days.

“It looks like a serious incident has taken place and forensics have been called.

“My neighbour said that when packages have been delivered, police officers have been stopping people at the gate and asking what’s in them and who they are for.

“There’s been a lot of noise — it almost sounds like the flat upstairs is being redecorated.

“And there’s been stuff carried out of the properties.”

Brisbane is alleged to have cut Ms McGowan’s hand off with a knife, causing permanent impairment, permanent disfigurement and endangering her life.

The 32-year-old allegedly carried out the attack in South Road, in the Charleston area of Dundee, on Wednesday.

He made no plea during his brief court appearance, when he was represented by solicitor advocate Kris Gilmartin.

The case was continued for further examination.

The Crown applied for a psychiatric assessment order, which was granted by Sheriff Alastair Carmichael.

Brisbane is expected to appear again at the city’s sheriff court this week.