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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Throat slash killer jailed for life
Courts graphic
McMaster admitted that the attack had a racial motive
A racist killer who cut his pregnant girlfriend's throat and watched her bleed to death, has been jailed for life.

George McMaster, 27, from Paisley, attacked Sharon Bubb with a carpet knife during an argument at their flat in east London, in July last year.

McMaster admitted the crime when he was arrested in Paisley on an unrelated charge of burglary two weeks later.

He told the Old Bailey in London that he killed Ms Bubb because she was black.


He acknowledges himself that he is an extremely dangerous man and that he would kill again

Defence lawyer Nicholas Price

The court heard that McMaster was diagnosed with three personality disorders and was an extremely dangerous man.

McMaster, an alcoholic and crack cocaine addict, was "brutally honest" when he confessed to killing the 31-year-old, who was six months pregnant.

He said he tortured his victim with deep cuts with a carpet knife all over her body before slashing her throat and watching her bleed to death at her flat in Bow.

He also took the life of her unborn child.

"I just kept on cutting her. It was because she was black. I just didn't care," he added.

Diminished responsibility

He described the attack in detail and explained "in extreme language" that he had a racial motive, the court heard.

McMaster admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Nicholas Price, QC, defending, said McMaster realised he had a personality disorder which had triggered "evil deeds."

"He acknowledges himself that he is an extremely dangerous man and that he would kill again," said Mr Price.

McMaster, wearing a Scotland football T-shirt, stood with arms folded and grinning as Judge Gerald Gordon told him it was unlikely he will ever be released.

Judge Gordon said he had a long criminal record and "vicious traits".

His racist comments about Miss Bubb's death were "utterly callous".

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