Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Man jailed for 17 years for brutal homicide of companion in Airdrie

Two of his workmates turned up on the home on 20 December.

The court docket heard McLaughlan stated to them: “I want a lawyer. She is lifeless. She has been lifeless since Saturday.

“Don’t cellphone the police till I get my defence sorted.”

Ms Warnock’s physique was found slumped within the tub.

McLaughlan informed police he had killed his companion, however claimed it was in self defence.

He stated: “I did it. I used the identical knife to harm myself. It’s in my bedside cupboard.

“She remains to be lifeless and I executed it.”

The court docket was informed he added: “Defence, no matter you need to name it, it’s not acceptable.

“I killed my soulmate. I’ve not hidden any proof. The garments it occurred in are mendacity within the bed room. I’ve nothing to cover.”

John Scullion KC, defending, stated McLaughlan had “no recollection of the deadly assault”.

He added the killer claimed to have solely a “fractured reminiscence of an argument” wherein Miss Warnock allegedly threw an iron at him.

Lord Doherty stated the minimal sentence would have been 19 years, however for the responsible plea.

The decide informed McLaughlan: “There isn’t any escaping this was a brutal, cruel and sustained assault in your companion.”

McLaughlan – who had a earlier conviction for violence – was jailed for all times and ordered to serve a minimal 17 years behind bars.

Det Insp Campbell Jackson stated: “This was a horrendous and brutal assault involving a excessive degree of violence.

“Whereas this conviction can not change what has occurred I hope it is going to give Stacey’s household and buddies some closure.”

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