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Man jailed for petrol attack on Samantha Wright killer

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Media captionThe boyfriend of a woman who was murdered pours petrol over her murderer and tries to set him alight

A man who tried to set his girlfriend's killer on fire with petrol in Edinburgh has been jailed for three years.

Allister Gibb, 32, threw the potentially lethal liquid over Robert Chalmers, 59, outside the High Court in Edinburgh in May 2011.

He then pushed aside security guards and tried to set him alight using a cigarette lighter.

The security guards managed to regain control of the situation and pushed him away before he could spark a fireball.

Chalmers had been convicted at the court a few hours earlier of killing Samantha Wright, 24, before dumping her body in a wheelie bin in Duddingston, Edinburgh, in October 2009.

Image caption The court heard Allister Gibb wanted revenge for his girlfriend's murder

Last month Gibb, from Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to endangering the life of Chalmers and Reliance security guards Alan Simpson and Kevin McDonagh.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Arthurson said court reports concluded Gibb had expressed a complete "lack of remorse" for attacking Chalmers.

He added: "This offence is so serious that I have considered making a remit to the High Court for sentencing.

"I am able to sympathise in relation to your distress that was caused from being a witness in a High Court trial for murder.

Image caption Robert Chalmers was found guilty of killing Samantha Wright in Edinburgh

"However, you placed the Reliance Security guards and the main complainer in a position of danger.

"I also note that you have a complete lack of remorse for what you have done with regard to the main complainer."

At the earlier hearing, depute fiscal Ian Wallace told the court how Gibb launched his attack as Chalmers was being led away to begin his life in prison.

He said Gibb was waiting beside the security van which was ready to take Chalmers away to Saughton jail in Edinburgh.

Chalmers was jailed for life in June 2011 at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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