A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murder at the High Court in Glasgow.
According to the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, Robert Letham murdered a man with a knife and then tried to evade justice by fleeing the country. The 32-year-old has been told he must serve a minimum of 22 years in jail.
Letham apparently fatally wounded Steven Russell in February this year after arranging to meet him at Possilpark in Glasgow to pay a drug debt. He carried out the assault in front of a number of witnesses and inflicted a fatal wound with a knife he had hidden up his sleeve.
Three days later Letham boarded a bus for London then travelled to Bridgwater in Somerset in an attempt to evade justice. He was arrested in Somerset later the same month - police had apparently traced him after he tried to collect benefits from a local DWP office.
“Robert Letham chose to take a knife with him onto the street with the intention of doing serious harm and ended up taking a life,” commented Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime. “Showing no remorse for his actions, he then left the country and tried to escape justice."
“The use of blades as weapons is completely unacceptable, leading inevitably to tragic deaths and ruined lives,” he added. “We will continue to do our utmost to prosecute those who are responsible for violence and knife crime.”
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