THIS is the evil knifeman who stabbed his ex and her daughter to death in bloodbath blade attacks – before he was killed in a car crash moments later.
Steven Robertson, 40, unleashed the horror knife attacks on Emma Robertson Coupland, 39, and Nicole Anderson, 24, last night before he died in a car crash 12 miles away.
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The first frenzied attack left Emma fatally wounded in the frenzied attack outside Crosshouse Hospital around 7.45pm.
Around 20 minutes later, Robertson stabbed 24-year-old Nicole on Portland Street in the centre of the Ayrshire town.
She was rushed to hospital but tragically died.
Robertson was found dead around 8.30pm after a crash on the C50, a road between the B7036 and the A76.
Tributes have now flowed in for Emma and Nicole after the horrific attacks.
Emma's heartbroken sister said she was "totally broken".
One of her daughters, Nicole's sister, said: "Life will never be the same without you".
Nicole's fiancée took to social media to pay an emotional tribute as she revealed she's been left "completely broken".
Today, forensics cops were on the scene, near Auchinleck, probing the crash site.
A number of officers in white suits surrounded the car, which was in the grass verge at the side of the road.
A tarpaulin covered the car to shroud it from view before a temporary fencing was put in place across the minor road.
Emergency services had rushed to the scene last night as the first attack unfolded.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Cops locked down Crosshouse and cordoned off a section of the town near the Portland Street viaduct.
Officers were seen running on foot through the town centre as they responded to the serious incidents.
An onlooker described a "very tense atmosphere" as cops locked down an area around the viaduct.
Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney both expressed their sympathies with Emma and Nicole's loved ones.
They also thanked emergency workers for their response.
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