Stuart Docherty, 27, was convicted of murdering 25-year-old Mark Morrison in Crossloan Terrace, Govan, last January. The High Court in Glasgow heard how Docherty handed himself into police months after fleeing to Spain on his brother's passport.
Jailing him for life, judge Lord Turnbull said "mindless violence" had ruined his life and taken another. The court heard how there was a history of "bad blood" between the Docherty and Mr Morrison. On 31 January 2009, Mr Morrison was caught on CCTV cameras carrying a large machete. He then got into an altercation with a group of youths before shouting on Docherty to come out of the pool hall he was in.
At this point Mr Morrison, who no longer had the machete, was stabbed seven times by Docherty and left to die in Crossloan Terrace.Your mindless violence has now ruined your own life. Knife crime is the scourge of society The court was told one of the knife wounds went through the victim's skull and pierced his brain. The fatal blow to his back severed a major artery and caused Mr Morrison to bleed to death.
After the murder Docherty threw the clothes he had been wearing in the River Clyde and flew to Spain on his brother's passport. An international arrest warrant was issued, but Spanish police were unable to trace him. He returned to Scotland a few months later and handed himself into police. Passing sentence, Lord Turnbull said: "This shows the terrible consequences which flow from young men engaging in violence in the streets. "Mark Morrison's death was wholly unnecessary. It brought his life to an end at 25 and brought grief to his family. "Your mindless violence has now ruined your own life. Knife crime is the scourge of society.
"The courts have on four previous occasions tried to bring home to you the danger of carrying a weapon and you have taken no notice."