Man jailed for murdering friend in Glasgow flat
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.