MAN KNIFED DAD OF 8 TO DEATH

THUG GETS 12 YEARS FOR SAV­AGE AT­TACK

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A KILLER has been jailed for stab­bing a father-of-eight to death.

A mem­ber of the vic­tim’s fam­ily said the 12-year term wasn’t enough.

A KNIFE thug who killed a dad-of-eight by stab­bing him on the neck in an un­pro­voked at­tack was yesterday jailed for 12 years and six months.

An­thony McKel­lar, from Glas­gow, at­tacked An­drew Salina at the vic­tim’s home in Roys­ton­hill, Glas­gow last April.

Mr Salina, 51, who rapidly bled to death, man­aged to say as he lay dy­ing: “There’s no need for that, Tony.”

McKel­lar , 24, was ac­cused of Mr Salina’s mur­der, but was con­victed of the re­duced charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide af­ter a trial at the High Court in Glas­gow.

As McKel­lar was led away to be­gin his sen­tence a mem­ber of Mr Salina’s fam­ily said: “Twelve years. It’s still not enough.”

The court was told this Mr Salina’s fam­ily were dev­as­tated by his death.

Lord Arm­strong told McKel­lar: “Your at­tack on Mr Salina ap­pears to have been un­pro­voked.

“The wound you in­flicted to his neck re­sulted in cat­a­strophic loss of blood. His death has had a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on his whole fam­ily. You con­tinue to deny any re­spon­si­bil­ity and have lit­tle in­sight into the im­pact of your ac­tions. There are no rea­sons that jus­tify the tak­ing of a life.”

Si­mon Healy, 26, from To­ry­glen, Glas­gow, also stood trial for mur­der, but the jury found him not guilty.

McKel­lar ini­tially de­nied to po­lice know­ing Mr Salina or be­ing in his flat. But the court heard words had been ex­changed be­tween the men there in the early hours of April 10 last year.

In his clos­ing speech to the jury, prose­cu­tor Ian Wal­lace said: “It is the Crown case that it was An­thony McKel­lar who struck An­drew Salina on the neck.”

McKel­lar was de­scribed as hav­ing “a pure evil look on his face”.

He and oth­ers were soon seen spot­ted “in a rush to leave”.

De­fence QC Don­ald Find­lay said: “My client’s po­si­tion re­mains that he de­nies strik­ing the blow which killed Mr Salina.”

Mr Find­lay told the court that night there had been a fall out over £40 or £50.

Pic­ture: Spin­drift

An­thony McKel­lar fa­tally stabbed An­drew Salina, above right

Pic­ture: Spin­drift

An­thony McKel­lar, above, was con­victed of the cul­pa­ble homi­cide of An­drew Salina, above left

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