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Patrick McGowan admits killing friend Douglas Hill

Douglas Hill
Image caption Douglas Hill's body was found at his flat in Glasgow

A 53-year-old man has admitted killing his "good friend" during an attack at the victim's home in Glasgow.

Patrick McGowan inflicted multiple fractures on Douglas Hill, 63, at the flat in Anderston last September.

McGowan was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Sentence was deferred and McGowan was placed on an interim compulsion order to remain at the State Hospital.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Mr Hill's body was discovered in his bed on 18 September last year.

Denied involvement

Police questioned McGowan who said he had been in Mr Hill's flat days earlier where he had been given a jacket after getting soaked by the rain.

McGowan, also from the city's Anderston area, denied involvement in any attack, claiming he had left when a man had come to the property demanding to be let in.

The court was told, however, that Mr Hill's blood was found on McGowan's shoe.

The pattern on his soles were also found to resemble marks on the victim's back.

The court heard how Mr Hill died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and chest but there was a possibility he could have survived if he had received immediate medical attention.

After being arrested, McGowan's mental state deteriorated and he has latterly been detained in the State Hospital at Carstairs.

Judge Norman Ritchie QC adjourned the case until December and placed McGowan on an interim compulsion order to remain at the State Hospital.

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