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Life sentence for murder of vulnerable 68 year old

A 21 year old has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of pensioner Gordon Bolam in Glasgow last summer. At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Imrich Joni was told he would spend a minimum of 13 years in prison for stabbing and strangling his victim between 29 June and 14 July 2016.

The court heard that after carrying out the murder Joni hid Mr Bolam’s body in a wardrobe having tried to conceal it under a number of items of clothing and bags.

Mr Joni then attempted to clean up any traces of his crime. He washed the upholstery of the chair on which Mr Bolam had been assaulted, mopped the floors and cleaned other surfaces of the Kenmure Street flat and later disposed of his own clothing and the murder weapon.

As a result of a meticulous forensic examination at the scene DNA evidence was recovered that showed Joni was not only present but had carried out the murder. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Mr Joni was detained after Police Scotland attended a break-in at the Festival Theatre and he was discovered inside. CCTV footage showed him trying to open cash tills and stealing various items.

Following the sentencing hearing, Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide & Major Crime, said:

"This was a prosecution that was made possible after outstanding work in the field of forensic science.

“Only after a painstaking, thorough and demanding effort in this field was Joni identified as being responsible for this crime.

"Justice has been served with him being brought to account for his crime and he now faces a very substantial prison sentence.”