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Street murderer jailed for life over Elgin killing

Jamie Nicol
Image caption Jamie Nicol's actions were said by the judge to be "sickening"

A man found guilty of murder during a violent street disturbance in Moray has been jailed for life.

Stephen Johnston, 37, died following the early morning incident on 24 June last year in Elgin's Lesmurdie Road.

Jamie Nicol, 26, was found guilty of murder on Wednesday after a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen, and sentence was deferred until Thursday.

Lord Uist jailed Nicol for life, with a minimum sentence of 18 years and three months.

In his sentencing statement the judge said Nicol had repeatedly stabbed Mr Johnston when he was "crouched down and not doing anyone any harm".

Lord Uist added: "A stab wound penetrated to a depth of 10cm and resulted in his death.

"Immediately afterwards, in what can be described only as a sickening piece of behaviour on your part, you performed some sort of weird victory dance and laughed."

Nicol was also found guilty of assaulting a second man at a children's play park in Blackburn hours before the murder.

Image caption Victim Stephen Johnston died following the incident last year in Elgin

Two other men, Daniel McArthur, 21, and Dale Wilson, 26, had already admitted reduced charges of assault.

McArthur was sentenced to three-and-a-half years, and Wilson was admonished due to time he has already spent in custody in relation to the case.

Co-accused Andrew Wilson, 23, was cleared of all charges.

Grampian Police Det Insp Paul McCruden said: "Jamie Nicol engaged in violent clashes in Elgin which shocked the local community.

"None of the accused have shown any remorse for their actions on that night."

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