Man charged after woman's throat slashed

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A man has today been charged with attempted murder after a young mother was attacked in her home and left fighting for her life.

Lisa Whyte, 32, remains in hospital this morning after she was found seriously injured in her home in Slamannan, Stirlingshire, yesterday morning. It was reported that her throat had been slashed.

A man was arrested in Newcastle in connection with the incident yesterday and Central Scotland Police today said he has been charged.

"Following an incident in Slamannan yesterday, police can confirm that a 37- year-old man has now been charged," a spokesman said today.

"He is expected to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court tomorrow.

"A 32-year-old woman who received injuries during the incident remains in a serious condition on hospital."

Police found Ms Whyte after they were called to the house at around 10am yesterday.

She was taken to Glasgow's Southern General hospital, where she remains.

Ms Whyte was due to marry her partner and father of her two daughters Steven McKee at Falkirk Register Office on Friday, but the ceremony had been cancelled.

Neighbours said they had heard the couple rowing throughout the week. One said Ms Whyte had moved out of the home they shared in the quiet Stirlingshire village.

The couple, who lived together at Culloch Road, had featured in the Falkirk Herald newspaper following the birth of their second daughter.

Ms Whyte was said to be an accountancy assistant and Mr McKee, who has a son from a previous marriage, was working as a glazier manager.

Ms Whyte moved out of the house she shared with Mr McKee and the children last week after an argument, one neighbour said.

But she said she had continued to hear them rowing throughout the week and the wedding was cancelled after another argument.

She said: "She moved out but I don't know where she went to. It's been really upsetting for the neighbourhood."

The couple's two daughters are understood to be being looked after by their grandparents and keeping vigil at their mother's bedside.

Ms Whyte's father, Alec, asked for privacy.

He said: "We are all very depressed right now. All we can do is wait and see what happens. We are very worried about her. We don't have anything else to say."