Tayside and Central Scotland

Killer James Megger jailed after stabbing man

A convicted killer has been jailed for five years for stabbing another man after a row with his girlfriend.

James Megger, 28, was celebrating his birthday at his Falkirk home when the argument started on 4 September.

He told Laura Cairns to leave, but followed her, punched a man in the street, then stabbed one of the man's friends after they went to his house.

Megger had killed a teenage girl in 2005 by throwing a lump of concrete and was jailed for six years.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that after the argument at his house earlier this year, Megger was following Ms Cairns along Ochil View shouting: "I'll just get the jail. That's what you want."

Stabbed in chest

Seconds later he walked up to Matthew McMillan, who was returning from a night out, and punched him to the ground.

Megger then went home to Parkend Crescent and two friends of Mr McMillan turned up and asked why he had assaulted him.

Megger's family tried to keep him in the house, but he took a knife and went through the patio doors and over a neighbour's fence to confront them.

A fight broke out between Megger and one of the men, David Brown, and punches were thrown. Megger then pulled out the kitchen knife and stabbed Mr Brown twice in his chest and thigh.

Megger admitted assaulting Mr Brown to the danger of his life and assaulting Mr McMillan in Ochil View.

The court was told that Megger was jailed for six years for culpable homicide.

In 2005 in Shieldhill he threw a lump of concrete during an altercation with a group of men and hit and killed an innocent bystander, 17-year-old Megan Taylor.

Judge Lord Turnbull told him: "You have been responsible for the taking of another young person's life and today I learned you assaulted one man for no reason at all, other than to vent your anger. He was a complete stranger to you.

"Then with a very ferocious knife you stabbed another young man it is fortunate for you and for him that this did not have more serious consequences."

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