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Sean Crombie admits frenzied knife murder of Ian Rankin

Gerry Rankin
Image caption Ian Rankin died after being stabbed 36 times

A man is facing a life sentence for murdering his friend's father in a frenzied knife attack.

Sean Crombie, 20, admitted attacking Ian Rankin with a baton, a crutch and a knife on 29 December last year at the victim's flat in Clydebank.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that 46-year-old Mr Rankin was stabbed 36 times to the chest and neck.

Crombie later told police: "It's me you're looking for. I did it." Sentence was deferred.

The court heard that the two men knew each other and Crombie was a friend of Mr Rankin's teenage son.

Killer's confession

Crombie, who was carrying a knife in the waistband of his trousers, arrived at Mr Rankin's home looking for his son.

He was not there, but Mr Rankin invited Crombie in for a drink.

Image caption Mr Rankin was killed at his flat in Graham Avenue in Clydebank

Some time later a row developed and about 01:00 neighbours heard the sound of broken glass.

After carrying out the killing Crombie, from Clydebank, confessed to his partner and his aunt.

Later that morning he turned up at the crime scene and admitted his guilt and told police: "I've got to face up to what I've done."

Judge Lord Burns will determine how many years he must spend behind bars before being able to apply for parole when he sentences Crombie next month.

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