Man admits 'sofa damage' killing in Carluke flat

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High Court in Glasgow
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Sommerville will be sentenced next month

A man from South Lanarkshire is facing a jail term for beating another man to death in a row over a damaged sofa.

Christopher Somerville, 27, from Larkhall, pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of William Young in Carluke in April this year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the 57-year-old died from horrific facial injuries after he was repeatedly punched and kicked by Somerville.

Judge Lord Pentland deferred sentence until next month for reports.

The court heard how Somerville launched himself at Mr Young - who denied damaging the couch - at a flat in Carluke's Mount Stewart Street on 11 April.

Head kicked

He punched Mr Young on the left side of the head, then began dragging him along the hallway with his feet behind him.

After he forced his victim out of the flat, Somerville threw more punches which caused Mr Young to fall and hit his head against a metal banister.

As Mr Young was lying on the ground, his attacker straddled him and used both fists to punch him about the head and neck area.

Somerville finally stamped on Mr Young's face and kicked him on the head before leaving him bleeding outside the flat.

An ambulance arrived on the scene about 2200 GMT but paramedics were unable to save him.

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