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Matthew Pope convicted of killing Michael Given in Dundee

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Image caption Matthew Pope was found guilty following a trial and will be sentenced at a later date

A 22-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering another man at a flat in Dundee.

Matthew Pope was convicted of killing Michael Given, 29, at the flat in Elders Court in the early hours of 21 July last year.

Following a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen, Det Insp Bobby Dow, from Police Scotland, said the murder was a "harsh example of the impact of alcohol-related violence".

Pope will be sentenced at a later date.

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Image caption Michael Given was found dead at a property in Dundee last July

Det Insp Dow said: "The murder of Michael Given was unfortunately a harsh example of the impact of alcohol-related violence and I hope that the guilty verdict will go someway towards allowing Michael's family to move on after enduring such a difficult six months.

''The knowledge that Matthew Pope will now serve a significant period of his life behind bars may provide some reassurance, not only for Michael's family but also for other members of the public, who thankfully will now not be exposed to such a violent person.

''I would like to acknowledge my appreciation for Michael's family and the understanding they showed during the police investigation and would also like to recognise the work of my colleagues at the Scottish Police Authority who provided the expert forensic support so vital in this murder investigation.''

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