Teen killer who stabbed young man in heart during row jailed

Steven Gilmour was just 17 when he attacked Daryll Wright at a house in Kilwinning, Ayrshire in 2021.

Teenage killer who stabbed young man in the heart during row in Kilwinning jailed for five years Police Scotland

A teenage killer who stabbed a young man in the heart during a row has been jailed for five years.

Steven Gilmour was just 17 when he attacked Daryll Wright at a house in Kilwinning, Ayrshire on May 22 2021.

Mr Wright, 20, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, never recovered and passed away in hospital.

Gilmour – now 18 – was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow having earlier pled guilty to a charge of culpable homicide.

Lady Stacey told him: “I accept that you do feel remorse, but it must have been obvious, even to a boy of 17, that stabbing someone with a knife is a very dangerous thing to do.

“This resulted in a death.

“The tragedy is both you and Darryl Wright were setting out in life and you took his away.”

Gilmour will also be supervised for two years on his release.

A hearing last month was told how a number of young men and women had gathered at the house in Kilwinning.

Gilmour had turned up uninvited, but was allowed in.

Gilmour got into a fight with Mr Wright which also saw the victim being hit with a stool and a bike hurled towards him.

Prosecutor Leanne Cross said: “Both ended up on the floor. After being on the floor, Gilmour was seen to get up and back away.

“It was seen that he had a knife in his hand.”

Gilmour dropped the weapon and fled the scene. 

Mr Wright was also initially able to get up and went outside before collapsing in an alleyway.

The victim was described as being in a “bad way”. A girl was heard screaming as she raced to help him.

Ms Cross said: “He begged her not to let him die and to call 999.”

Mr Wright was rushed to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.

He had a stab wound to the chest and to his inner left thigh.

The young man went on to suffer a heart attack and ended up in intensive care.

He never recovered and passed away on May 24.

The fatal wound had penetrated the front of his heart.

The court heard Gilmour had initially fled to his own home nearby in Kilwinning.

He went on to message a girl on Snapchat and admitted he had been “fighting” with Daryll.

Ms Cross said: “He said he did not mean to do it, but had picked up a knife as a threat.

“He said that he felt horrible, hoped (Daryll) would pull through and that it was all a mistake.”

Gilmour was later charged with murder and bailed by a sheriff.

But, he ended up behind bars amid claims he then assaulted another man in Kilwinning and brandished a blade at him on New Year’s Day 2022.

Gilmour had also faced those charges at the hearing last month, but prosecutors accepted his not guilty plea.

The court heard Mr Wright is survived by his partner and mother as well as a half-brother and sister.

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