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Dmitris Stalazs jailed for killing Daniil Ivanov in Hamilton

A man from Estonia who admitted stabbing a friend to death has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Dmitris Stalazs, 31, had earlier pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of Daniil Ivanov in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, on 12 January last year.

Mr Ivanov was stabbed three times after he had insulted Stalazs' partner by calling her "stupid".

The fatal stab wound went through the 25-year-old shop worker's liver and aorta. He died from massive blood loss.

Passing sentence, judge Lord Matthews said: "As you know you took the life of a man who had come in to your house and the circumstances set out in the narrative speak for themselves."

He added: "You are a man who has a good work record and a stable family life, as you know I cannot ignore the nature of the offence which you committed."

Advocate depute Stephen O'Rourke, prosecuting, said that the two men, who were both from Estonia, met each other in Scotland and became friends.

The court heard that Stalazs was examined by psychiatrists and found to be suffering an abnormality of the mind at the time of the killing caused by a panic disorder and agrophobia.

Defence counsel Tony Graham said: "From the outset he has admitted his culpability for the crime of culpable homicide.

"He realises his actions must have caused distress to the family of the deceased. He told me that every day since he has regretted his actions. He has taken the life of somebody."

He added: "Mr Stalazs understands that he has done that which only God should be able to do, by taking another life.

"And that is something that continues to haunt him and it manifests itself in his depressed state and his now reclusive nature."

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