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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 December 2007, 16:12 GMT
Killer picked on innocent victim
Damien Muir
Damien Muir was described in court as an innocent victim
An innocent man was stabbed to death merely for telling his murderer the time, a court has heard.

Barry Gavin, 21, admitted murdering Damien Muir, 34, in Greenock on 14 July and was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 15 years in jail.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Gavin stabbed Mr Muir eight times. He told detectives his victim was in the "wrong place at the wrong time".

Gavin was on bail at the time of the attack.

Judge Lord Brodie said it was a tragedy for Mr Muir's family.

'Blanked out'

Mr Muir was returning from a function at a bowling club when he encountered Gavin on Inverkip Street.

He was chased and fell before being stabbed to death.

Gavin told detectives: "I've no idea who he was. I asked him for the time. I just lost it with him.

"I know I attacked him but I don't remember exactly what I did to him.

"I sort of blanked out."

Lord Brodie said: "Damien Muir was an entirely innocent victim of your attack - an attack which was entirely without reason."

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