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Dmitris Stalazs fatally stabbed Daniil Ivanov in Hamilton

A man from Estonia has admitted fatally stabbing his friend and compatriot after he called his partner "stupid".

Dmitris Stalazs, 31, pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of 25-year-old Daniil Ivanov in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, on 12 January last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Stalazs stabbed Mr Ivanov three times following a row involving his partner Anastassija Galitsina.

Judge Lord Matthews deferred sentence on Stalazs and remanded him in custody.

The court heard that the two men met each other in Scotland and became friends.

Traded insults

Mr Ivanov was visiting Stalazs' home when Ms Galitsina asked them to keep the noise down because her young son was asleep.

She then asked Mr Ivanov to leave and he said she was stupid.

Stalazs took offence at this and a row developed between the two men who then traded insults.

Stalazs, a hygiene assistant at Lightbody's Bakery in Hamilton, picked up a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Mr Ivanov three times.

The fatal wound went through the shop worker's liver and aorta and he died from massive blood loss.

Ms Galitsina dialled 999 and heard Stalazs saying: "God, what have I done."

He then phoned his mother in Estonia and told her: "Mother forgive me. I have just killed a man."

The court heard that Stalazs was examined by psychiatrists and found to be suffering an abnormality of the mind at the time of the killing, caused by a panic disorder and agoraphobia.

He was originally charged with murder, but the Crown accepted his plea to the reduced charge of culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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