Man jailed for fatal Mayfield stabbing

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A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison for culpable homicide following the death of a 28-year-old man in Mayfield last year.

Dean Williams, who was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow today (April 16), also received a further three years on licence.

Craig Essen was fatally stabbed following a disturbance outside The Rowantree Inn on Sunday, November 24.

Following extensive inquiries, Williams was arrested and charged with murder. He pleaded guilty at the High Court last month.

Lord Matthews told Williams he had struck out in an “unfocused and jealous rage” that night resulting in “catastrophic” consequences.

The judge added: “Your family will suffer, but that pales into insignificance the anguish the family of Mr Essen will suffer.”

Williams showed no emotion as he was lead to the cells.

The court heard how Williams had been told his girlfriend had been flirting with another man while working as a barmaid at the Mayfield pub.

Williams, who had been drinking at local bars, stormed off to the Rowantree Inn where Mr Essen and his friends were enjoying a night out.

Mr Essen, who had nothing to do with the woman, and his friends stepped in to help after Williams rushed into the bar with a knife.

Williams was forced into the car park. During a struggle, he lashed out striking Mr Essen in the chest with the knife.

Mr Essen was rushed to hospital but died in the early hours. He died due to a stab wound to the abdomen and chest.

The court was told the killing has had a “profound impact” on Mr Essen’s family.

His mum and half-sister had flown from their home in Australia following the tragic death.

Herbert Kerrigan QC, defending, said Williams felt “complete shame” at what happened.

Detective Inspector Scott Cunningham from the Major Investigation Team, who led the investigation, said: “I acknowledge this sentence which has been handed down to Dean Williams.

“My thoughts are with Craig’s family and I pay tribute to them for their dignity and strength shown throughout this tragedy and I sincerely hope this brings some form of closure to them.”