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Life sentence for killing uncle
The victim's house
The victim was stabbed in his home near Comber
A man who told a court he murdered his uncle in revenge for the alleged sexual abuse he had suffered at his hands has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Thomas Ian McQuade, 32, from the West Winds Estate in Newtownards, County Down, handed himself over to police after stabbing 59-year-old Joseph McQuade in October 2001.

The victim's body was found at his home on the Magherascouse Road near Comber in County Down. He had been stabbed several times.

McQuade told police: "He ruined my life, so I ruined his".

He was found guilty of murder in March.

During his trial, McQuade said he had been sexually abused by his uncle from the age of eight.

Doctors told the court McQuade suffered from a serious personality disorder.

The court heard McQuade was sent over the edge on the day of the murder after hearing a radio report about a paedophile jailed for two years for abusing his niece.

McQuade took a knife to his uncle's house with the intention of killing him.

Sentencing him on Monday, Mr Justice Higgins said that, however much he was abused by his uncle, it was no justification for murder.

Despite a history of violent crime, the judge took McQuade's personality disorder into consideration and recommended he serve a minimum of 11 years in jail.

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