Written by Administrator Monday, 18 February 2013 13:14
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A CONVICTED criminal who disguised himself to stab a man to death in his Dunoon home has been jailed for at least 20 years.
Paul Deeney (34) was today (Monday) convicted of murdering Mark McGaughie following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.
Mr McGaughie (33) – also known as Osborne – was found dead at a property in Dunoon’s Cowal Place on May 28 last year.
Judge Lord Brailsford jailed Deeney for life for what he called a “pre-meditated” attack.
It emerged after the verdict that Deeney has a lengthy criminal past dating back to the 1990s.
He has previously received prison terms of seven years and five years for charges of assault and robbery.
Deeney – originally from Port Glasgow - was convicted of a domestic assault just months before the murder and was locked up for 40 days.
The trial heard how Deeney armed himself with a knife taken from his girlfriend's flat prior to the killing.
He also put on latex gloves in a bid at preventing fingerprints being left behind while also donning a hoodie to stop him being recognised.
Deeney then pounced on Mr McGaughie at his Cowal Place home before fleeing the property.
Lord Brailsford told Deeney: “Regarding the circumstances of the offence, this was pre-meditated.
“You went to the unfortunate victim's home and plainly murdered him.”