Glasgow man jailed for killing armed robber

Patrick Phinn

A Glasgow man who killed an armed robber has been jailed for five years.  Patrick Phinn claimed that he had acted in self defence during the trial.

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

At the High Court in Glasgow, it was stated that Pattison, who was armed with a knife, had threatened to kill Phinn and his partner.  A fight then broke out, and Phinn took out a knife which he used to stab Pattison.

Ronald Pattison
Ronald Pattison, who broke into Patrick Phinn's home armed with a knife.

Phinn had originally been charged with murder, but a jury subsequently found him guilty of a lesser charge of 'Culpable Homicide.'

Lord Matthews said "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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