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Alan Cowan guilty of Ryan Sherry Hogmanay knife killing

Ryan Sherry
Image caption Ryan Sherry died on New Year's Day after being stabbed by Alan Cowan

A man has been convicted of killing his friend in a stabbing attack following a Hogmanay house party in Glasgow.

Alan Cowan chased and stabbed 21-year-old Ryan Sherry in the Springburn area on 31 December last year.

He was originally charged with murder but later found guilty of the reduced charge of culpable homicide following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Judge Lord Matthews remanded 23-year-old Cowan in custody and deferred sentencing until September.

The court heard how Cowan had hosted a Hogmanay party at a flat in Petershill Road which he shared with his sister.

Play fight

He was later involved in play-fighting with Mr Sherry and another reveller John James Fraser.

This eventually annoyed Mr Sherry and both he and Mr Fraser left the flat.

There were claims Cowan was assaulted before the men departed, leaving him bleeding.

The court was told that a topless Cowan - who also had no shoes on - went outside armed with a knife and caught up with Mr Sherry.

Cowan was said to be "like an animal" while Mr Sherry was described as appearing "scared" and "in a panic".

Cowan then struck a fatal blow with the knife at his friend's shoulder area hitting a major artery.

He then left his victim dying in the street, with the blade still in his body, close to Springburn fire station.

Mr Sherry died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary on New Year's Day.

Cowan accepted during the trial that he was responsible for the death and that he was "devastated" at what happened.

Following his conviction, Lord Matthews said: "It is amazing how something like this can occur out of the daftest of arguments."

It emerged after the verdict that Cowan received community service for assault in 2011.

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