Man jailed for ten years over fatal stabbing

Dean Williams. Picture: Comp
Dean Williams. Picture: Comp
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A JEALOUS boyfriend who stabbed an innocent dad to death as he thought his girlfriend was cheating on him has been jailed for more than ten years.

Dean Williams was convicted of culpable homicide after ­killing Craig Essen outside the Rowan Tree Pub in Mayfield, Dalkeith. Williams had gone to the pub believing his barmaid girlfriend had been unfaithful and – after fighting with staff – fatally attacked the 28-year-old father-of-one.

Williams was charged with murder but was convicted of the lesser charge at the High Court in Glasgow last month.

Yesterday the 21-year-old was ordered to serve ten years and six months at the same court. He also received a further three years on licence. Following sentencing, Detective Inspector Scott Cunningham, from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “I acknowledge this sentence which has been handed down to Dean Williams.

“My thoughts are with Craig’s family and I pay tribute to them for their dignity and strength shown throughout this tragedy and I sincerely hope this brings some form of closure to them.”

The court was previously told how Williams had been dating 22-year-old Melissa Carr on and off for the last six years. He suspected she had been flirting with another man while working at the pub.

Prosecutor Allan Nicol said: “It is understood he found out about the developing relationship between the two. This is almost certainly the catalyst for his behaviour.”

The court heard a drunken Williams stormed to the Rowan Tree Inn, where Ms Carr was working, last November 24.

CCTV showed Williams battering a window while armed with a knife. Ms Carr tried to hide while contacting police. Williams then rushed into the bar and started frantically stabbing at a fruit machine. A scuffle spilled in to the pub car park where Mr Essen was stabbed.

Herbert Kerrigan QC, defending, said Williams was “extremely distressed” at what he had done.