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John Dick convicted of stabbing murder of Leslie Berry

A teenager has been convicted of murdering his 19-year-old friend by stabbing him after a row at a party.

John Dick, 19, admitted killing Leslie Berry at the victim's home in Kilsyth last August, but denied murdering him.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how trouble flared after Dick's brother had caused damage to Mr Berry's kitchen.

Dick aces a mandatory life sentence. Temporary judge John Morris QC will determine later how long he should serve before being eligible for parole.

The court heard that a row developed between Dick and Mr Berry after the victim wanted to throw Dick's brother Jamie out of his house because he had damaged his kitchen.

Blood loss

Trouble flared when Mr Berry told Dick that his brother had better not do that again.

Dick stabbed Mr Berry six times. The fatal blow severed the femoral artery in his thigh and he bled to death.

In court he admitted the culpable homicide of Mr Berry, but denied that he had intended to murder him.

A pathologist told the court that two knives may have been used in the attack.

The jury found him guilty of murdering Mr Berry by repeatedly striking him on the body with a knife or knives.

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