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Jamie Wishart jailed for killing friend Connor Cleave

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Image caption Jamie Wishart was found guilty of culpable homicide

A man from Fife who killed his lifelong friend by stabbing him through the heart after a row has been jailed for 10 years.

Jamie Wishart, 22, was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Connor Cleave, 17, in Methilhill in April last year.

Wishart was originally accused of murdering Mr Cleave but a jury convicted him of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

The attack was witnessed by members of Mr Cleave's family.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lady Scott told Wishart: "You have been convicted of the culpable homicide of Connor Cleave, a 17-year-old man who was also your friend.

"This is a perfect example of the tragic and fatal consequences of the use of knives by young men."

The trial heard Mr Cleave and Wishart had a row and Wishart ran off to get a knife.

He then returned and stabbed Mr Cleave.

Lady Scott said: "He died at the scene in his mother's arms. The Cleave family have been left devastated."

Defence solicitor advocate Gordon Markie said: "Mr Wishart says he intends to try and turn his life around.

"Prior to this incident he had been drinking and taking Valium. He requires to address that problem.

"He is remorseful for what he did."

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