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Graham Buist jailed over partner's murder in Arbroath

A man has been jailed for life for murdering his partner after she earlier made an emergency call seeking police help for "a domestic".

Graham Buist, 30, was ordered to serve at least 13 years and four months for stabbing Joanne Rennie to death.

He admitted killing Miss Rennie at a flat in Abroath, Angus, in September 2011 at a previous hearing.

Officers responding to a 999 call at her home before she died had found her calm and uninjured and so had left.

Hours later Buist made his own emergency call, confessing to the operator: "I've murdered my partner."

Judge Lord Bannatyne told him: "This was on any view a dreadful crime which involved the use of a knife."

Public 'remorse'

He added: "I have had the benefit of reading the victim impact statements and it is clear from these the considerable effect which the death here has caused to the deceased's family."

The judge said he would have ordered that Buist should serve a minimum term of 16 years for the crime, but for his guilty plea.

Defence counsel Mark Stewart QC said a background report on Buist showed "the sense of understanding that the accused has at the consequences of his actions for the family of the deceased".

He added: "He understands entirely that he must bear full responsibility for that grief and sorrow." The defence counsel said he wanted to make public Buist's "sorrow, remorse and apologies".

Buist hit Miss Rennie, 35, on the head with a brick and inflicted a fatal 17cm (7in) stab wound to her chest.

He later told the police that the loss of money had triggered an escalating row between the couple and he "just lost the plot".

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