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Stephen Broadfoot jailed for murdering Grant Muirhead

Grant Muirhead
Image caption Grant Muirhead was killed in the attack

A man who slashed the throat of his girlfriend's former partner has been jailed for life for murder.

Stephen Broadfoot, 27, also stabbed Grant Muirhead in the back during the attack in Irvine on New Years Day.

Broadfoot carried out the attack after Mr Muirhead, 33, came to complain about the way he was treating Aimee Dickie - the mother of the victim's son.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, temporary judge John Morris QC jailed Broadfoot for a minimum of 14 years.

Physical fight

During his trial, the High Court in Kilmarnock heard that Broadfoot was living with Aimee Dickie, 31, and her eight-year-old son, whose father was Mr Muirhead.

On Boxing Day, just six days before the killing, Ms Dickie had fallen out with Broadfoot and they had a physical fight.

Mr Muirhead, who was with another man, saw she was upset and asked what Broadfoot had done to her.

Miss Dickie told the police: "They said, 'We'll deal with this. Tell him from us he's getting it'."

Mr Muirhead came to the door of Broadfoot's house on 1 January.

Broadfoot, who is a cousin of Rangers striker Kirk Broadfoot, went into the kitchen and took a knife from the block.

Ms Dickie said when he returned inside the house "he had the knife in his hand and there was blood on the knife".

Broadfoot claimed that he had acted in self defence but was found guilty by a majority of murdering Mr Muirhead.

Jailing Broadfoot at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge John Morris QC told Broadfoot: "You used a knife. You took a life and you deprived a young child of his father."

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