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Man jailed for life after stabbing neighbour to death over noise row

A man who stabbed his neighbour to death after a row over noise been jailed for life with a minimum of19 years.


Adam Lundy, 27, was found guilty after trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last month of attacking and murdering John Kiltie, 44, in Park Road, Girvan, South Ayrshire, on May 28.

He returned to court on Thursday for sentencing and was jailed for life with a minimum 19 years.

Judge Lady Scott told him: "This was a wicked and reckless attack. His family have been left utterly devastated and bereft. I will set the punishment part of the sentence at 19 years".

Mr Kiltie was asked by his partner Sharon Tweedie, 38, to contact police about noisy behaviour coming from a flat across the road from their home.

The noise had been going on from the previous evening throughout the night and into the following morning.

Ms Tweedie was concerned there was a four-year old child in the flat and the police attended but left after a short while after finding there was no child in the property.

The female tenant of the flat then began shouting across the road, calling Mr Kiltie "a police grass".

An 18-year-old, Kern Allison, was urged to "go and do him (Mr Kiltie) in".

Allison threw a beer can at Mr Kiltie, who was cleaning his car before taking the family to Ayr for the day.

The can hit the roof of the car and struck the victim on the head, exploding and showering him with beer.

Ms Tweedie went over to speak to the woman and Mr Kiltie went to confront Allison.

The jury had heard how Mr Kiltie was attacked in the back garden of the house, where he was punched and kicked by Allison and Lundy, and stabbed by Lundy four times. The fatal blow penetrated his heart.

Ms Tweedie told the court Allison and Lundy appeared from the back garden and she heard Allison say: "We have to go. We've done him in." They then ran off.

She said: "I went to the back door. John's mum was kneeling next to John, who was lying on the ground. There was lots of blood on his chest".

Kiltie's mother Georgina Kiltie, 71, said she had tried to protect her son from the attack but was unable to do so.

She told the court: "I tried to get in front of him. I was so scared. I just could not move them. I could not save him. He sat up and said 'mum'.

"I held him and said 'don't go darling, we'll get you home, they are animals'.

"He was turning blue. I could see blood on his T-shirt. I rolled it up and I saw stab wounds. I was shouting for help".

Allison and Lundy claimed Mr Kiltie had attacked them with a baseball bat and Lundy declared he had been acting in self-defence.

Advocate depute Tim Niven-Smith pointed out Mr Kiltie had been stabbed four times.

A jury last month returned their verdicts of guilty of assault and murder for Lundy and assault only for Allison, who was admonished because he spent ten months on remand leading up to the trial.

Mr Niven-Smith told Lady Scott Lundy was "a violent recidivist with a predilection for carrying weapons".

In 2007, he had been convicted of assaults to severe injury and permanent disfigurement using a bottle, a golf club and a knife.

In November 2014, he was jailed for causing injury with a knife, and most recently, while he was on bail before his trial for the murder of Mr Kiltie, he was sentenced for possession of a knife and carrying out racially aggravated assaults on two people.

Defence advocate Thomas Ross told Lady Scott that Lundy suffered from mental health problems.

He had been assessed by a clinical psychologist as having suffered from an extremely traumatic event as a child.

Mr Ross said: "He has been unable to cope and has self-medicated on alcohol and drugs".

The lawyer also revealed Lundy's family had shunned him, saying: "They have mostly turned their backs on him. He has contact with one sister who resides in Northern Ireland and is supportive of him".

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