Man jailed for killing armed robber in his own home by stabbing him 17 times

A man who killed an armed robber that broke into his and threatened to kill him has been jailed for five years.

Patrick Phinn, 49, stabbed Ronald Pattison, 38, 17 times at his home in Easterhouse, Glasgow, in September 2018.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Pattison had turned up at Phinn’s house demanding money when a fight broke out.

Pattison, who had a knife, threatened to kill the 49-year-old, and his partner, during the row, and Phinn grabbed a knife.

Phinn then lunged at Pattison, and stabbed him 17 times, killing him.

During the trial, Phinn claimed he acted in self defence, but a jury found he “went beyond what was necessary."

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Phinn was originally charged with murdering the 38-year-old, but a jury found him guilty of the reduced charge of culpable homicide.

During the trial, defence QC Tony Graham said: "Mr Phinn recognises the extremely serious nature of the crime of which he has been convicted, but I struggle to see how there could have been greater provocation.

"This man came into their home while they were watching the telly."

But Lord Matthews jailed him and told Phinn: "It is difficult to think of circumstances where provocation is more appropriate than this.

"This was extreme in the circumstances.

"However, the jury was satisfied that you went beyond what was necessary."

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