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Man jailed for stabbing young father in Midlothian

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Image caption Dean Williams struck Craig Essen with a knife outside a bar in Mayfield, Midlothian on 24 November 2013

A man who stabbed a father to death after trying to hunt down a man he believed his lover was seeing has been jailed for 10-and-a-half years.

Dean Williams, 21, struck Craig Essen with a knife outside a bar in Mayfield, Midlothian on 24 November 2013.

Williams had stormed to the pub thinking his barmaid girlfriend had been unfaithful.

Williams, who admitted a charge of culpable homicide, was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow.

He attacked Mr Essen, 28, who had nothing to do with the young woman.

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Image caption Mr Essen died following the incident at the Rowan Tree pub in Mayfield

Lord Matthews told him he had struck out in an "unfocused and jealous rage" that night resulting in "catastrophic" consequences.

The judge added: "Your family will suffer, but that pales into insignificance the anguish the family of Mr Essen will suffer."

Williams will be supervised for a further three years on his release.

The court heard how Williams had been dating his 22 year-old girlfriend on and off for six years.

Williams heard she had been flirting with another man while working as a barmaid at the Rowan Tree Pub in Mayfield.

Prosecutor Allan Nicol said: "It is understood he found out about the developing relationship between the two. This is almost certainly the catalyst for his (later) behaviour."

Herbert Kerrigan QC, defending, said Williams felt "complete shame" at what happened.

Det Insp Scott Cunningham, of Police Scotland, said: "I acknowledge this sentence which has been handed down to Dean Williams.

"My thoughts are with Craig's family and I pay tribute to them for their dignity and strength shown throughout this tragedy and I sincerely hope this brings some form of closure to them."

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