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Man who murdered Edinburgh flatmate jailed for life

Maciej Ciania
Image caption Maciej Ciania was found dead in a flat in Edinburgh

A 26-year-old man who stabbed to death his flatmate in Edinburgh over unpaid bills has been jailed for life.

Maciej Ciania, 34, was found dead in a Dickson Street flat on 14 January 2012. He had suffered multiple stab wounds during an attack by his former friend.

Grzegorz Gamla, also a Polish national, was found guilty of his murder at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.

Gamla was also found guilty of assault to severe injury for a previous assault on Mr Ciania.

Appearing at the High Court in Glasgow, he was ordered to serve a minimum 19 years in prison.

Judge Lord Pentland told Gamla: "It is clear that this was a sustained and savage onslaught pressed home with ruthless determination."

The judge added that the victim's relatives had suffered "terrible anguish".

Gamla will be deported when he is eventually released.

Mr Ciania was stabbed and slashed 37 times after a row over a few pounds in household bills, Gamla's trial had heard.

Image caption Grzegorz Gamla fled to Poland after the killing

When he heard the body had been discovered by their flatmate, Gamla picked up a backpack and fled.

After taking a ferry from Stranraer to Belfast, Gamla travelled on to Dublin then flew to Warsaw.

He was arrested by Polish authorities a month later and brought back to Scotland.

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "Maciej Ciania's family have lost a much-loved son and brother and experienced a truly terrible and life-changing ordeal.

"While nothing can compensate them for the pain they have endured, it is my hope that today's sentence offers his family some form of closure."

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