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Patrick Shields jailed for murdering George McLaughlin

George McLaughlin
Image caption George McLaughlin bled to death after being stabbed five times

A teenager who tried to blame his older brother for stabbing a man to death has been jailed for a minimum of 16 years.

Patrick Shields, 18, attacked 45-year-old George McLaughlin near a block of flats in Barrhead on 3 April last year.

Shields incriminated his older brother Thomas, who was said to have confessed to attacking Mr McLaughlin but a jury found him guilty of murder.

Jailing Shields for life, temporary judge Kenneth MacIver told him his crime was "inexcusable".

During Shields' trial, the court heard that the families of the accused and victim did not get on.

'Monster' brother

Shields and Mr McLaughlin were said to have been involved in a confrontation in Barrhead's Gertrude Place.

Mr McLaughlin was stabbed five times before bleeding to death from wounds to a major artery.

Shield's lawyer told the jury the accused's brother Thomas had been near the scene and had made a confession.

Tony Graham, defending, called Thomas Shields "a monster" who had left his younger sibling to face a murder charge.

But the jury rejected the evidence and convicted Patrick Shields by a majority verdict.

Jailing Shields for life at the High Court in Glasgow, temporary judge MacIver told him: "From the evidence at the trial it appears that while George McLaughlin seemed to have left his home to confront you, he was not armed with a weapon.

"Your use of a knife is obviously inexcusable and, perhaps inevitably, lead to a death."

The judge said the use of bladed weapons was a "scourge on society".

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