Murderer who 'couldn't remember' stabbing man to death jailed for life

Sean O'Halloran, 20, was sentenced after he admitted to the murder of Scott Hector on Thursday.

Aberdeen murderer who ‘couldn’t remember’ stabbing man to death jailed for life Police Scotland

Two men involved in the killing of a man during a fatal robbery have been jailed for a total of almost 19 years.

Scott Hector, 20, was stabbed to death at a house in Marischal Court in Aberdeen on April 2, 2021.

Sean O’Halloran, 20, was sentenced after he admitted to the murder of Mr Hector on Thursday.

Connor Adams, 18, pled guilty to the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Lord Armstrong imposed a life sentence on O’Halloran at the High Court in Glasgow and ordered him to serve a minimum 11 years and eight months.

Adams was locked up for seven years and three months.

Both had no previous convictions prior to the killing.

Scott Hector, Police Scotland.
Scott Hector was stabbed to death in 2021.

An earlier hearing in Edinburgh was told how the pair, both of Aberdeen, were driven to the house with O’Halloran discussing stealing from Mr Hector.

Both were seen armed with blades at the time.

Prosecutor David Dickson said: “O’Halloran was vocal and indicated: ‘If anyone is going to try anything with me – at least I have got this’.”

Describing the moments after the stabbing, Mr Dickson added: “Mr Hector was described as bursting into the kitchen where he fell to the floor.

“He was holding his side… and was heard to say: ‘He’s just stabbed me’.”

O’Halloran and Adams jumped back in the vehicle after the attack.

Adams told O’Halloran he had gone “too far” adding: “Why did you do that, lad?”

The murderer claimed it was “Scott’s fault” and that he should not have grabbed the knife.

The court heard how O’Halloran was quizzed by police after being held for the killing.

He claimed to have taken a cocktail of drink and drugs that day, insisting he could not remember anything as he his head was “f****d”.

O’Halloran also said he did not want to “get anyone into trouble”.

Sentencing, Lord Armstrong told the pair: “I have read victim impact statements.

“The terms of which clearly indicate the profound and devastating effect caused by your actions.

“These are ongoing and will have a lasting effect. Nothing I can say or do can compensate the family’s loss.”

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