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Garlic bread row killer Jamie Ellis jailed for life

Jamie Ellis
Image caption Jamie Ellis stabbed Alami Gotip more than 30 times

A West Lothian teenager who murdered a mother-of-two in a knife attack after a row about garlic bread has been jailed for at least 15 years.

Jamie Ellis stabbed Alami Gotip, 22, more than 30 times at her home in the Dedridge area of Livingston while her young children were asleep upstairs.

Ellis, 18, said he snapped because she had been "moaning at him" because he had not made garlic bread for tea.

He was jailed for life at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Ellis, who earlier pleaded guilty, was told that he will have to serve at least 15 years before he can apply for parole.

Lord Glennie told him: "Your action has not only taken the life of the person you say you loved - it has deprived her two young children of their mother."

The judge added that the public was at high risk from Ellis "re-offending and causing serious harm to others".

Image caption Alami Gotip was described in court as a "bubbly and outgoing" person

Ellis had told police he felt their relationship was coming to an end and said: "I love her that much I can't possibly imagine her with anyone else."

Ms Gotip worked at HM Revenue & Customs and was described in court as a "bubbly and outgoing" person who loved life.

The court heard the "caring and supportive" 22-year-old helped to raise two of her siblings, who had health problems, and also helped to look after her mother.

The victim had two young daughters from a previous relationship with Neil Henderson and, despite their relationship ending in November last year, they remained close friends and shared childcare responsibilities.

Ms Gotip and Ellis broke up several times during their relationship and he was jealous of Ms Gotip's continued relationship with Mr Henderson.

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