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Life for violent Aberdeen murder

Raymond Brennan
Mr Brennan died after being attacked by Brady

A killer who stabbed a man to death in Aberdeen has been sentenced to life.

Steven Brady, 20, admitted murdering Raymond Brennan, 47, whose body was found at a flat in the city's Jute Street last November.

Brady will serve a minimum of 15 years, judge Lord Brodie ruled at the High Court in Aberdeen.

The senior investigating officer in the case, Grampian Police Det Insp Andy Imray, said Mr Brennan's life ended in a "despicably violent manner."

Brady cut Mr Brennan's throat then stabbed him another seven times. Three of the wounds punctured his heart.

'Live with consequences'

Mr Brennan was described as a "happy-go-lucky character who had everything to look forward to" by relatives shortly after his death.

Det Insp Imray previously said: "Our enquiries revealed that in the late evening of Wednesday 19 November 2008, Raymond prevented Steven Brady from getting involved in confrontation with some of his friends by suggesting Brady return with him to his own flat.

"He appears to have extended a hand of friendship towards Brady. Whilst nobody other than Brady can tell us truthfully what happened back at Raymond's flat, it has been shown that Brady used extreme and lethal violence towards Raymond.

"He will now have to live with the consequences of what he has done for the rest of his life."

He added: "This outcome is due, in no small part, to the tremendous and dedicated efforts of my enquiry team, our scenes of crime and forensic colleagues, the procurator fiscal's office and others."

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