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Life sentence for drugs murder

A 32-year-old who murdered a man with a knife and then tried to evade justice by fleeing the country has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

 Robert Letham was told he must serve a minimum of 22 years in jail at the High Court in Glasgow today after being found guilty of murder.

Letham fatally wounded Steven Russell on 10 February after arranging to meet him at Possilpark in Glasgow to pay a drug debt.

Letham 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 on 23 February. Police had traced him after he tried to collect benefits from a local DWP office.

Speaking after sentence, Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime, said:

“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.

“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. We will continue to do our utmost to prosecute those who are responsible for violence and knife crime.”