Robert Morrison jailed for murdering Michael Drummond
A man who was convicted of murdering his teenage friend during a row at a party in South Lanarkshire has been jailed for a minimum of 16 years.
Robert Morrison, 22, stabbed 19-year-old Michael Drummond four times at a house in Hamilton in January.
He claimed to have acted in self defence after Mr Drummond produced the knife which he managed to grab.
At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Bracadale imposed a mandatory life sentence on Morrison.
During the trial, the court heard how a row broke out between Morrison and Mr Drummond at the property in Neilsland Street on 8 January.
Morrison stabbed his victim in the stomach, neck, shoulder and head. The knife wound to Mr Drummond's neck was seven inches deep.
Morrison admitted stabbing Mr Drummond, from Cleland, Wishaw, but alleged that he had not had a knife with him.
He claimed that Mr Drummond pulled a knife on him, and he managed to grab it from him and stabbed him in self-defence.
The jury did not believe Morrison's story, however, and unanimously found him guilty of murder.
Jailing Morrison, Lord Bracadale told him: "You have disturbing previous convictions in relation to the carrying of knives.
"On the night of the murder, after some niggling between you and Mr Drummond, you took a knife into the street and then returned to the house and stabbed Mr Drummond a number of times.
"The consequences of that have been devastating for the family of Mr Drummond who have been left bereft."