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Killer William Jackson sentenced for attack on Walter Littlejohn

A man who was jailed for six years for killing his 56-year-old friend has had his prison sentence extended for carrying out an earlier attack on him.

William Jackson, 51, fatally assaulted Walter Littlejohn, at a flat in Govanhill, Glasgow, in July 2014 - a year after attacking him in the street.

Jackson was charged with murder but had a guilty plea accepted for the reduced charge of culpable homicide.

He received another nine months for the assault in Govanhill on 29 July 2013.

Jackson had pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault on Mr Littlejohn in Batson Street and was awaiting sentence when he killed his friend.

Psychiatrist appointment

He was jailed for the killing at the High Court in Glasgow last week but returned to the city's sheriff court on Thursday for sentencing over the assault.

The High Court previously heard that days before the killing Jackson spoke to a nurse, claiming Mr Littlejohn was making him upset and that he wanted to "punch him all the time".

The following day, he was seen by a psychiatrist, and although he described himself as "angry", the doctor had no further concerns about him.

The court was told that Jackson called an ambulance on 1 August, claiming he had found Mr Littlejohn lying dead in a chair.

A paramedic arrived and found Mr Littlejohn had passed away, but saw "nothing obviously suspicious".

Jackson told police that Mr Littlejohn had come to his door that day already injured.

He said he later found his friend had stopped breathing and had called for help.

'Handbags fight'

Jackson denied at that time that he had fought with Mr Littlejohn. He instead claimed Mr Littlejohn had earlier been involved in a "handbags" fight with another person.

A post-mortem examination found that Mr Littlejohn had been assaulted. He was found to have bleeding in his skull, rib fractures, injuries to his bowel and liver, and bruising.

It was also found he had defensive-type injuries.

Jackson later changed his position and admitted Mr Littlejohn had stayed at his flat between 31 July and 1 August.

Officers then took a pair of trainers from Jackson's flat as they continued to probe the death.

One of them was found to have Mr Littlejohn's blood on it while the pattern on the sole matched bruising on the victim's chest.

A piece of the dead man's hearing aid was discovered in a bin and a pool of blood was seen under a couch.

It is thought Mr Littlejohn was beaten to death in Jackson's living room.

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