Northern Ireland

Man given life sentence for murdering his nephew

Court

A man has been jailed for life at Belfast Crown Court on Friday after he was unanimously convicted of murdering his nephew.

Samuel Morrison, 47, stabbed his nephew George Morrison to death amid allegations George was a rapist.

The minimum tariff Morrison must serve before being considered for release would be set next month after pre-sentence reports are compiled.

Morrison stabbed his nephew in an alleyway in north Belfast in July 2009.

The jury heard how Morrison was overheard threatening his nephew George Morrison and calling him paedophile.

When he was arrested by police Morrison told them: "He was given every opportunity to leave the country and he never listened to me."

In the hours before the killing, the jury heard that Morrison had been drinking in his sister-in-law Bridget Kelly's flat across the street from where he lived at the time.

Prosecution barrister Gordon Kerr told the court Morrison left at about 0200 BST but came back half an hour later.

The lawyer said Morrison had shouted through Ms Kelly's letter box.

"He told her had killed Geordie... that he had stabbed him about five times and slit his throat," adding that when she asked why, Morrison said his nephew was a rapist.

When he was inside the flat, Morrison asked Ms Kelly to wash his track suit bottoms and used baby-wipes to clean blood off his chest.

The jury heard that police seized the wipes and bottoms later that day.

Mr Kerr said forensic tests showed that it was Morrison's own blood on the wipes but that DNA from the track suit bottoms matched that of George.