A man has appeared in the dock at the High Court in Glasgow for a second time accused of cutting a wheelchair-bound woman’s hand off to steal a ring.

Stephen Brisbane, 33, is alleged to have severed 62-year-old Sandra McGowan’s right hand and taken it with him when he left her home.

During the short court appearance Brisbane represented himself. No plea to the charges he faces has been entered.

Judge Lady Scott continued the case until September in order for Brisbane to obtain legal representation and for a psychiatric report to to prepared.

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She said to Brisbane: “Do you have legal representation,” and he replied: “I did, but I told them I was just going to represent myself.”

Lady Scott told Brisbane: “What I think we will do is try to get someone for you.”

She also called for a psychiatric report to be prepared.

It is claimed Brisbane entered Ms McGowan’s Dundee home on February 14 and allegedly demanded drugs and money before allegedly stealing a number of items including a mobile phone and and electronic door fob.

Prosecutors then claim he returned to the house letting himself in with the key and assaulted Ms McGowan.

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He is accused of pushing her, causing her to fall from her wheelchair and then seizing hold of her wrist and severing her right hand with a knife, causing her to lose consciousness.

It is alleged that Brisbane then took the severed hand away with him when he left the house and failed to get medical help for Ms McGowan.

The charge states he did attack the woman to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment as well as to the danger of her life.

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Brisbane faces an earlier accusation that he threatened his sister on February 13 at an address in Dundee and stole a phone.