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Aaron Arthur murder: Stevie Angus jailed for life

Stevie Angus
Image caption Stevie Angus was found guilty at the High Court in Aberdeen

A man has been jailed for life for a knife murder in Peterhead.

Stevie Angus, 25, denied murdering Aaron Arthur, 31, at a flat in the town's Longate area in December last year.

He was found guilty by a jury at the High Court in Aberdeen after a trial which began earlier this month.

Judge Lord Doherty imposed a punishment period of 17 years.

He told Angus: "You have been convicted of an unprovoked attack with a knife on a defenceless victim as he lay in bed."

The trial had heard that police found a large kitchen knife which was covered in blood at the scene.

Image caption Aaron Arthur's body was discovered in the Longate area of Peterhead

Det Ch Insp David Hadden, who led the enquiry, said: "The events which took place in December last year led to the needless loss of a young life and we are pleased with the result today and the conviction of Stevie Angus for the murder of Aaron Arthur.

"The refusal by Angus to admit what he had done at an early stage caused further distress not only to the family of Mr Arthur, but also to the witnesses who have been forced to relive the incident in court.

"The conviction today will not bring Aaron back and may not provide closure for his family, but will hopefully help them begin to move on with their lives."

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