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Man jailed for murdering friend in Glasgow flat

John Brennan
Image caption John Brennan died after a violent attack in the flat in Shettleston

A man who stabbed his friend to death in a flat in Glasgow's east end has been jailed for life.

John Brennan, 35, was found dead at his home in Cockenzie Street, Shettleston, on 2 September last year.

Police found Mr Brennan's decomposing body on a blood-soaked sofa. Forensic evidence found in and outside the flat linked David McPhee to the killing.

At the High Court in Kilmarnock, McPhee, 42, was told he would serve a minimum of 22 years in jail.

During a two-week trial, Det Sgt David Mackie, of Strathclyde Police, told the court about being called to the tenement flat.

He said he noticed a smell after entering the close.

"It was evident as you approached the door of the flat and it got stronger," he added.

"It was very warm in the flat when I entered it. The 2nd of September was a very warm day and all the windows were closed."

The officer said the television was on "loud" and in the living room he saw what appeared to be heavy blood-staining.

The jury was warned that some of the crime scene photographs were "disturbing and upsetting".

Det Sgt Mackie said the body "had deteriorated quite a lot. It was well into decomposition".

McPhee, a prisoner at Barlinnie, had denied murdering Mr Brennan by striking him repeatedly on the head and body with a knife or knives between 31 August and 2 September, 2010.

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