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Robert Mason jailed for murdering Andrew Alexander

Andrew Alexander
Image caption Mr Alexander's body was found at his flat in Dennistoun

A killer who went to play roulette after murdering a man in a frenzied knife attack has been jailed for life.

Robert Mason stabbed 56-year-old Andrew Alexander 81 times at his flat in Glasgow's Dennistoun area in January, following a dispute over money.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that minutes later, Mason walked to a bookmakers to play gaming machines.

The 30-year-old, who admitted murdering Mr Alexander, was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.

At an earlier hearing, the High Court in Glasgow heard Mason described as a "Jekyll and Hyde character".

He had known Mr Alexander for a number of months prior to his death.

The 56-year-old had given Mason cash - believed to be around £30 - but had never been repaid.

Mr Alexander eventually put a note through his letterbox asking him to call.

Frenzied attack

The court heard that on 28 January - the day of the murder - Mason told his partner Nicole Wright that he was "sick" at how he was being treated by Mr Alexander.

He later went to a shop in the city's Trongate and purchased a knife before meeting Mr Alexander at his home in Dennistoun.

Prosecutor Lesley Shand QC said Mr Alexander was set upon at his flat, suffering a total of 81 stab wounds and a further 20 cuts.

A blood-stained Mason fled the property and was soon spotted going into a nearby Ladbrokes bookmakers to play roulette and other games machines.

The killer later ditched gloves, clothes and a watch worn during the attack.

Mr Alexander - who lived alone - was reported missing the next day by a friend.

His body was eventually discovered by police in his flat lying face down in a pool of blood.

The court was told the murder weapon was never recovered.

Mason was quizzed by police and initially claimed he had not seen Mr Alexander for days. He later admitted killing the 56-year-old.

Jailing him for life, judge Lord Turnbull told Mason that he took into account the fact he had since expressed "genuine remorse".

But he added: "I must also give full weight to the severity of this attack, including 81 stab wounds.

"I must also take account of the fact you took the knife with you to the deceased's flat on the day in question."

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