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Aberdeen addict jailed for 18 years for dealer murder

John Georgeson
Image caption Georgeson has two previous convictions for assault and robbery

A drug addict from Aberdeen who murdered a dealer has been jailed for 18 years.

John Georgeson, 42, repeatedly stabbed his victim, 31 year-old Peter Newell, after trying to rob him of his stash of heroin and crack cocaine in the city's Glenbervie Road.

Police eventually caught Georgeson after finding his DNA on the dead drug dealer's jacket.

Temporary judge Sean Murphy QC said it was a "nasty and ugly case".

Mr Newell died from heavy internal bleeding after being stabbed three times with a kitchen knife.

Passing sentence, Judge Murphy said: "You have been convicted of a gravely serious offence.

"Your craving for class A drugs led you to commit a terrible murder on a young man - who despite being involved in the drugs trade - had something to live for in the sense that he was awaiting the imminent birth of his child.

"I can only impose one sentence and that is life imprisonment. I will set the punishment part for 18 years."

Georgeson has two previous High Court convictions for assault and robbery.

Two others, Denise Elrick, 22, and Vikki Ann Raeburn, 30, were acquitted of murder during the trial.

Det Insp Richie Guild, of the Specialist Crime Division, who led the inquiry, said: "The response from the community during the early stages of the investigation assisted greatly in the police being able to bring Georgeson into custody relatively quickly after the crime which ultimately led to this conviction today."

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