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Man jailed for 'brutal' stabbing murder amid row over woman

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Image caption Reece Brunton will serve a minimum of 13 years in jail

A man has been jailed for life for carrying out a "brutal" stabbing murder following a row over a woman.

Reece Brunton and Liam Kippen, both 21, attacked John Hamilton after forcing their way into a house in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, on 10 November 2015.

Brunton admitted murder after the 35-year-old was stabbed six times. He was jailed for a minimum of 13 years.

Kippen was jailed for eight years after he admitted a reduced charge of culpable homicide.

Jailing both men at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Turnbull told them: "You each participated in an act of brutal violence. You each bear responsibility for what was done."

The court previously heard how the victim was attacked after getting a message from Kippen warning him to stay away from Gemma Mooney.

Ms Mooney had once been in a relationship with Mr Hamilton but Kippen had since been in a "close friendship" with her.

Children plea

Brunton and Kippen later turned up at a house where the victim was and Kippen was heard yelling: "We're coming through that door".

Prosecutor David Taylor told how Mr Hamilton was then repeatedly stabbed by Brunton who was armed with a knife.

Kippen meantime got a piece of concrete and was seen striking or trying to hit Mr Hamilton.

A woman who was near the attack yelled: "I've got three kids in here."

Brunton then said to her: "Shake my hand, its got nothing to do with you." He and Kippen then fled.

The victim did not recover from the attack in which he suffered six stab wounds.

Brunton later boasted how he had been "going mental" and had been "stabbing Hammy".

Brunton was described in court as a "habitual offender". He had crimes since the age of 10 with 28 offences dealt with by Children's Panel.

He had latterly been jailed for assault and possession of a knife.

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