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Joseph Mullen jailed after admitting Gary Wallace murder in Kirkcaldy

Joseph Mullen
Image caption Joseph Mullen has been jailed for 14 years

A Fife man who fatally attacked a teenager after finding out his partner thought the victim was "gorgeous" has been jailed for 14 years.

Joseph Mullen, 21, repeatedly hit Gary Wallace, 17, with a baseball bat at a flat in Kirkcaldy on 18 March 2012. He died in hospital four days later.

Mullen had found out about a "provocative" text message his partner had sent to the 17 year-old.

Mullen admitted a murder charge when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow.

Mr Wallace was initially transferred to intensive care at a hospital in Edinburgh after it was found he had bleeding on the brain as well as various fractures.

'Family anguish'

He did not survive his injuries and died on 22 March.

Image caption Murder victim Gary Wallace donated his organs to help others

His family decided to donate his organs.

Mullen had served jail-terms in the past and convicted of carrying out a bottle attack in 2009.

His QC Donald Findlay said the killer wished to admit what he had done to spare Mr Wallace's family and his own the ordeal of a trial.

Lord Matthews said the jail-term would have been 16 years, but for the guilty plea.

The judge told Mullen: "It is obvious that the consequences of what you did have caused and will cause Mr Wallace's family anguish for the rest of their lives.

"I can only compare and contrast their actions in allowing organs to prolong and enrich life with your actions in destroying it."

After sentencing, Det Insp Andrew Girdwood from Fife Constabulary, said: "Our force deployed specialist family liaison officers to support Gary Wallace's family throughout the course of this murder inquiry."

He added that relatives had observed that the 14-year minimum term equated to less than a year in prison for each of the 17 years of Mr Wallace's life.

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