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Sainsbury's 'can be sued' over Aberdeen murder

Robert McCulloch (left) [Pic: Newsline] and Roman Romasov [Pic: Aberdeen Evening Express]
Image caption Roman Romasov (right) was repeatedly stabbed by colleague Robert McCulloch

Relatives of a man murdered by a work colleague in an Aberdeen supermarket have won the right to sue Sainsbury's for £500,000.

Robert McCulloch admitted stabbing Lithuanian national Roman Romasov, 28, at the Berryden Road store in 2009.

Shelf-stacker McCulloch, now 37, was told he would have to serve at least 10 years and nine months behind bars.

Judge Lady Clark, at the Court of Session, rejected the supermarket's bid to have the case dismissed.

Relatives of Mr Romasov claim Sainsbury's was liable for the actions of its then-employee.

Mr Romasov had moved to Aberdeen to study and work.

On the night of the attack, an argument was said to have started after Mr Romasov dropped crates on the floor, causing McCulloch concern over working practices.

Before McCulloch attacked his victim with a six-inch kitchen knife, he went to the toilet and claimed Mr Romasov grabbed him and said he would kill him if he lost his job.

A manager at the shop rugby-tackled McCulloch in an effort to stop him during the attack - however he managed to free his hands, and knifed Mr Romasov repeatedly.

Mr Romasov, who died from multiple stab wounds to the chest and stomach, had been studying mechanical engineering and was described as "a very private person" and a hard worker.

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