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Joseph Kearins found dead in Shotts prison

Shotts Prison
Image caption Joseph Kearins was found dead at HMP Shotts last Thursday

A man who fatally stabbed his friend has been found dead in prison.

Joseph Kearins, 25, was convicted of the culpable homicide of Jordan Maguire at a house in Shettleston in Glasgow in October 2012.

He was sentenced to eight years in jail due to the ongoing risk he posed to the public.

A statement from the Scottish Prison Service said Kearins was found dead at HMP Shotts last Thursday.

During his trial, the High Court in Glasgow was told that Kearins had not started the fatal fight with Maguire but had grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed his friend through the heart.

Kearins, who was 23 at the time, was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to culpable homicide under provocation.

Following his death, the Scottish Prison Service said: "Police Scotland have been advised and the mater will be reported to the procurator fiscal.

"Next of kin have been informed and a fatal accident inquiry will be held in due course."

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