A VIOLENT offender who was freed early from prison was jailed for 10 years today after killing the new boyfriend of his ex.
Sean McLaughlin (31) stabbed Robert Brown repeatedly then returned to kick his victim.
A judge told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: “In the extremely serious circumstances of this there is no alternative to a lengthy sentence of imprisonment.”
Lady Wyse pointed out that McLaughlin had a lengthy history of offending, with more than 50 previous convictions, and in the last decade had committed serious crimes of violence, including robbery and assault.
McLaughlin’s last jail term followed an assault conviction and was not due to expire until July this year. However, he was freed early and killed Mr Brown in May last year.
McLaughlin, of Wrangholm Drive, New Stevenston, denied murdering Mr Brown (37), of Draffen Tower, Motherwell.
The stabbing happened at the home of Linda Patrick - McLaughlin’s ex who was then with Mr Brown - in Lindum Crescent, Motherwell.
A jury at the High Court in Glasgow found him guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
The judge said she was prepared to accept that McLaughlin did not set out to kill Mr Brown and acted under provocation.
But she added that he responded with “a brutal attack”, returning to the house after the initial incident to kick the man he had stabbed.
Lady Wyse pointed out that McLaughlin had been assessed as being at a high level of risk of re-offending.
The judge said: “I accept you have demonstrated a high level of remorse and regret. You have not sought to minimise the seriousness of what you have done.”
She ordered that he should be supervised for three years on his release.
Defence counsel Gordon Jackson QC said McLaughlin was stabbed himself during the confrontation.
He said: “A man came at him with knives and in the course of him being stabbed he was able to get a knife.”