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Man jailed for teenager 'scissors killing' in Blantyre

Liam Morrison
Image caption Mr Morrison died as a result of a stab wound to the neck

A man who admitted culpable homicide after stabbing a teenager in the neck with a pair of scissors has been jailed for four years and eight months.

Daniel Bonner, 23, attacked Liam Morrison during a row in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, in April.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the fight started after the 18-year-old accused his girlfriend of kissing Bonner's brother.

Bonner will also be supervised for three years after his release.

The court was told that Bonner's brother Patrick became involved in a row with another man in Blantyre on 22 April.

When Mr Morrison's girlfriend Zoe Brown went to calm Patrick Bonner down, the victim is alleged to have shouted at her: "Is that you kissing Pat?"

Miss Brown denied this before Patrick Bonner told his brother of the comment and Daniel Bonner confronted Mr Morrison.

Bonner then kicked the teenager off the bollard on which he was sitting on and punched him.

The court was told that Mr Morrison left the scene but returned later and exchanged blows with Bonner.

He is alleged to have pulled out a pair of scissors which he used to attack Bonner.

During a struggle Bonner grabbed the scissors and stabbed Mr Morrison twice in the buttocks. He then lunged at the teenager and struck him in the neck.

Mr Morrison pulled the scissors out and yelled that he had been stabbed. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics a short time later.

It was later confirmed that his death was as a result of a stab wound to the neck.

Passing sentence on Bonner, judge Lady Stacey told him: "You have taken the life of a young man who was your friend and you now have to live with that.

"You stabbed Liam Morrison in the neck and only a period imprisonment can reflect that."

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