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Ewan Dow admits Glenrothes killing of Daniel Turner

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Image caption Police said Dow's violent actions indicated he was "out of control"

A man with a history of violence has admitted carrying out a killing after posting a threat on Facebook.

Ewan Dow, 25, stabbed 21-year-old Daniel Turner 171 times in a Fife park on 18 October 2013.

Before the attack, Dow had posted on Facebook that he was "about to murder a wee dafty".

At the High Court in Glasgow, Dow pled guilty to murder. He will be sentenced later this month.

Mr Turner's mutilated body was discovered in Glenrothes Town Park.

Dow was arrested by police on the first day of their investigation into the murder.

Det Insp Scott Cunningham of Police Scotland said: "This was a mindless, unprovoked and brutal attack on a 21-year-old man. Ewan Dow's frenzied and violent actions are unimaginable and clearly shows the behaviour of a person out of control.

"I welcome this plea which means the family do not need to go through the ordeal of a trial having suffered enough heartache.

"My thoughts are with Daniel's family and I pay tribute to them for their dignity and strength shown throughout this tragedy and I sincerely hope this brings some form of closure to them."

Lord Turnbull deferred sentence on Dow until 29 January.

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