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Sean McLaughlin jailed for fatal Robert Brown stabbing in Motherwell

A man who killed the new boyfriend of his former partner has been jailed for 10 years.

Sean McLaughlin, 31, repeatedly stabbed Robert Brown, 37, in an attack at a house in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, last May.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard McLaughlin had a history of offending with more than 50 previous convictions.

He had been released early from his latest prison sentence which was not due to expire until July this year.

McLaughlin stood trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of murdering Mr Brown, formerly of Draffen Tower, Motherwell, at a house in the town's Lindum Crescent on 13 May 2012.

A jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

He was convicted of killing Mr Brown at the home of his girlfriend Linda Patrick by repeatedly striking him on the neck and body with a knife and repeatedly kicking him after previously showing malice and ill will towards him.

Previous convictions

Sentencing him, judge Lady Wyse pointed out that McLaughlin had a lengthy history of offending with more than 50 previous convictions and in the last decade had committed serious crimes of violence, including robbery and assault.

She added: "You had been released from prison early when you committed this crime."

The judge said she was prepared to accept that McLaughlin did not set out to kill Mr Brown, and acted under provocation.

But she added that he responded to that with "a brutal attack", returning to the property after the initial incident to kick his victim.

She ordered that he should be supervised for a further three years on his release, during which period he is subject to recall to prison.

Defence counsel Gordon Jackson QC said McLaughlin was stabbed himself during the confrontation.

He said: "A man came at him with knives and in the course of him being stabbed he was able to get a knife."

He said McLaughlin had "lashed out" with the weapon.

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