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Joseph Kearins jailed for killing Jordan McGuire

A man who fatally stabbed his friend during a fight at a flat in Glasgow has been jailed for eight years.

Joseph Kearins stabbed Jordan McGuire, 23, through the heart at the flat in Shettleston Road on 1 October 2012.

The 23-year-old was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to culpable homicide under provocation.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Kearins was assaulted by the victim and had consumed a "staggering" amount of alcohol and taken Valium pills.

The court heard that during the fight Kearins lost his temper and grabbed a knife from a kitchen unit and plunged it into Mr McGuire.

'Don't die'

Minutes later Mr McGuire collapsed and as he lay dying Kearins sobbed and said: "Don't die".

The court was told that father-of-two Kearins had a troubled childhood. He began taking cannabis aged nine and committed his first offence at the age of 12.

Sentencing Kearins, who has 23 previous convictions, judge Lady Scott said: "You pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of Jordan McGuire and in the course of an ongoing fight you killed him by stabbing him through the heart.

"It was Mr McGuire who started the fight and you were subjected to a quite serious assault. You expressed remorse at the scene.

"That night you had consumed a staggering amount of alcohol and taken Valium. If you keep drinking you will have no future and will continue to offend."

Lady Scott branded Kearins a danger to the public and ordered him to be monitored in the community for four years after his release from prison.

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