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Stranraer fatal heroin injection man jailed

Alistair Koehler
Image caption Koehler was jailed for three years at the High Court in Glasgow

A former drug addict who killed a man after injecting him with heroin has been jailed for three years.

Alistair Koehler, 28, of Stranraer, was convicted of the culpable homicide of Andrew Graham, 48, following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

His lawyer asked for an alternative sentence to imprisonment to be considered.

However, Judge Lord Turnbull said the "level of recklessness was high" and that a jail term had to be imposed.

The judge told Koehler: "You participated in the purchase of the heroin and you injected it into his (Mr Graham's) bloodstream.

"Had you refused, he would not have died."

Koehler was found guilty last month of killing Mr Graham at a property in Lochdale, Stranraer, in December 2009.

After the verdict, Koehler said "sorry" to a woman sitting in the public gallery - believed to be Mr Graham's sister - as he was taken to the cells.

She replied: "No, it is not enough. It won't bring him back."

Brian Gilfedder, defending, had earlier said he accepted a man had lost his life, but asked for Koehler, of Coronation Drive, Stranraer, to be placed on deferred sentence for a year.

The lawyer claimed there were "exceptional circumstances" in this case.

Mr Gilfedder added: "This suggestion is not made lightly.

"In my submission, there is more to gain from that disposal."

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