Jealous knife killer Terence Maginn jailed for 20 years

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A man who was convicted of killing a love rival by stabbing him 11 times has been jailed for life.

Terence Maginn, 34, kicked his way into a house in Clydebank in March this year where 33-year-old Paul Murray was with Christine Sommerville.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the victim bled to death after being stabbed on the chest, abdomen and legs.

Temporary judge Edward Bowen QC told Maginn he would have to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison.

'Broken heart'

During his trial, the jury heard that Maginn had previously dated Ms Sommerville, who was going out with Mr Murray.

Prior to the attack, Maginn was heard shouting at Mr Murray as he walked up the street: "You've broken my heart."

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This was an appalling and senseless murder carried out in a blind fury”

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Maginn also told Ms Sommerville: "What are you doing with that? I love you."

The court heard that Maginn kicked his way into the house in Perth Crescent, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, on 19 March this year.

During his knife attack, Mr Murray suffered a wound which cut through a major artery.

Ms Sommerville told the jury that after Maginn kicked the door in the two men appeared to have a fight on the stairs.

She added: "It just looked like a fight and then I realised that Paul had been stabbed."

Ms Sommerville told the court that she comforted Mr Murray as he lay dying.

She said: "He asked me for a drink of water. There was blood everywhere."

Jailing him for life, temporary judge Edward Bowen QC told Maginn: "This was an appalling and senseless murder carried out in a blind fury."

BBC Glasgow & West


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