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Man stabbed friend to death at flat after 'greeting him warmly'

Daryl Gillies jailed for 12 years for stabbing his friend Garry Watson to death in Glasgow

Garry Watson: Father of one was killed by his friend in Glasgow.
Garry Watson: Father of one was killed by his friend in Glasgow.

A who man stabbed his friend to death in a flat after they earlier greeted each other “warmly” has been jailed for 12 years.

Daryl Gillies returned to the High Court in Glasgow for sentencing after being convicted of the culpable homicide of Garry Watson.

Gillies, who was originally accused of murder, attacked the 27 year-old at a flat in the city’s Thornliebank in February last year.

The court heard that Gillies, 24, already had a lengthy criminal past including being caught with a knife and breaching an ASBO.

Judge Norman Ritchie QC on Wednesday branded him as a “man of violence”.

Describing the impact of the death on Mr Watson’s family, he said their victim impact statements were “truly moving”.

The judge told Gillies: “Recordings shown during the trial clearly showed you greeting each other warmly.

“You were amicably disposed to one another – what happened later makes it all the more tragic.”

Gillies’ supporters in court taunted the victim’s family by yelling “result” and “easy days” as the killer was led handcuffed to the cells.

Gillies was sentenced having previously caused his trial to be halted when he took ill because he had missed his dinner the night before.

He was given sandwiches instead of a hot meal after returning to prison from court. His legal team raised the issue leading to evidence being put on hold while Gillies apparently recovered.

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