Man stabbed armed robber to death after he demanded money

Patrick Phinn, 49, stabbed Ronald Pattison 17 times during an attack at his home in Glasgow.

Jailed: Patrick Phinn Google 2019
Jailed: Patrick Phinn

A man convicted of killing an armed criminal who turned up at his house demanding money has been jailed for five years.

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

Pattison, 38, had come into his house armed with a knife while Phinn and his partner were watching television.

Pattison demanded cash then slashed Phinn before he grabbed a blade and fought back.

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On Tuesday, Phinn was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow having been convicted of culpable homicide. He had originally been charged with murder.

His QC said Phinn had “led a quiet, simple life” – but had been provoked by Pattison, known in the local area as a “man of violence”.

Lord Matthews 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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