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Man jailed for killing Alan Glancy in his Edinburgh flat

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Image caption Paul Ness admitted the culpable homicide

A convicted killer who confessed to his girlfriend he had stabbed another man to death has been jailed for 11 years.

Paul Ness, 46, admitted the culpable homicide of his former friend, Alan Glancy, 47, whose body was found at his home in Port Hamilton in Fountainbridge on 1 February 2018.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Ness was told he would also serve four years on licence when he is released from jail.

Mr Glancy died on 10 January 2018 from a stab wound to his leg.

'Happened again'

Ness had previously been locked up for seven years in 1996 for killing a fellow inmate in Perth prison.

A hearing in Edinburgh earlier heard Ness' girlfriend asked him why he had deep cuts on his fingers on 16 January last year.

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Image caption The body of 47-year-old Alan Glancy was discovered in a flat in Port Hamilton

It was then he made the confession that "it's happened again".

Prosecutor Kath Harper said: "She knew about the incident in Perth prison 20 years before, but did nothing with this information.

"However, when she heard Ness had been contacted by police in relation to the death of Mr Glancy, she Googled the incident and later asked Ness outright about the death of Alan Glancy."

"She asked him: 'Did you do that?' and Ness admitted that he had stabbed him once in the leg."

22 Days

The court heard the woman urged him to go to the police, but he repeatedly told her: "No, it will be fine, don't worry."

Lord Woolman said: "No one knows what happened during the course of the fatal incident.

"On your account, there was an argument, Mr Glancy produced a knife, you took it from him, and in a moment of anger, stabbed him.

"You did not, however, tell anyone about the incident. You left your friend bleeding in his flat. His body was not found for 22 days.

"You initially denied to the police that you had any knowledge of what had happened. When these proceedings were raised, you lodged a notice of incrimination blaming someone else."

Following the s entencing, Det Ch Insp Dave Pinkney said: "This was a significant inquiry conducted by the major investigation team in conjunction with local officers in Edinburgh.

"I would like to thank colleagues, partners and the public who supported us throughout our inquiries and were instrumental in ensuring Ness could be brought to justice.

"Ness has led a lifestyle of offending and today's sentence reflects that."

Mr Pinkney said his thoughts were with Mr Glancy's friends and family and that he hoped the sentence would allow them to move forward with their lives.

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