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Man gets life for street murder
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Karim heard the sentencing through an interpreter
A 23-year-old man has been jailed for life after stabbing another man to death on a Glasgow street.

Asylum seeker Ali Mohammed Karim stabbed 21-year-old Anthony Farrell during a city centre clash in February.

Mr Farrell had been on a night out with his brother and confronted a group he believed had been involved in an earlier incident.

In the fight that followed Karim, an Iraqi Kurd, produced a knife and repeatedly stabbed Mr Farrell.

During a two-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow, Karim, who fled following the attack, denied murder but was convicted of the crime by a majority verdict from the jury.

The jury heard that Karim stabbed Mr Farrell in the city's Cathedral Street on 13 February.

On the night in question you had with you in the city centre a knife which inexcusably you used to repeatedly stab the deceased, then only recently turned 21
Lord Kingarth
Mr Farrell had been out for the night with his brother, who had been involved in an earlier incident.

Karim's defence solicitor-advocate, James Wallace, said: "Following the first incident the two brothers met and when a group resembling those involved in the earlier incident were spotted in Buchanan Street, the deceased took up the cudgels on behalf of his brother."

In the melee that followed, Karim, who had no previous convictions, stabbed Mr Farrell.

'Hiding from the truth'

Mr Wallace told the court: "On any view of this case it represents an appalling tragedy for all involved."

Delivering sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh, the judge, Lord Kingarth ordered that Karim should serve at least 12 years of his life sentence before he can be considered for parole.

He told Karim: "On the night in question you had with you in the city centre a knife which inexcusably you used to repeatedly stab the deceased, then only recently turned 21.

"Then you ran from the scene and you have, it seems, been hiding from the truth ever since."

The jury heard that Karim had arrived in the UK aged 19 and had been staying in Rotherham, in Yorkshire. However, at the time of the offence he was living in the Sighthill area of Glasgow.

Lord Kingarth told Karim, through an interpreter who stood in the dock with him: "I accept that you have no previous convictions and that you were, and are, in a country far from your home."


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