A MAN who brutally murdered his neighbour in a knife attack within hours of meeting him was today jailed for life for “the senseless killing”.
HGV driver Harvey Frost had earlier claimed he did not like violence and said people should help their neighbours.
But Frost hugged Craig Stewart and said “love you man” before returning from his kitchen armed with a knife and stabbing the victim in the chest.
Frost, 47, later told detectives he had never done anything like it before and added: “I don’t know what’s came over me.”
Mr Stewart, 24, died in hospital eight days after the fatal attack at Frost’s home in Magdalene Drive, on February 10 this year.
Frost earlier admitted murdering Mr Stewart by stabbing him on the body with a knife, when he appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Lord Jones ordered that Frost should serve 14 years in jail before he is eligible to seek release on parole. The judge added: “It does not mean you will be released then.”
Lord Jones said: “This was a senseless killing without apparent motive which took place in your home.”
He said the victim’s family had been robbed of an adored brother and son and the crime has had “a truly devastating effect”.
After sentencing, the victim’s mother Karen Cairns, 44, said: “He has stolen my son. He had no right to steal my son. Craig was just so young and I am never going to be a granny. I am never going to see him getting married.”
“I was there for his first breath. I should not have been there for his last breath,” she said.