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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The Courier - Alistair Thomson given four years in prison for killing brother John Pickersgill

The Courier - Alistair Thomson given four years in prison for killing brother John Pickersgill: "Alistair Thomson (43) stabbed his brother John Pickersgill in the stomach after the pair got into a fight following an evening spent drinking at a house in Cowdenbeath on January 30.
Thomson, formerly of Fairy Fa' in Crossgates, pleaded guilty to a culpable homicide charge last month.
At the High Court in Edinburgh on Tuesday Judge Lord Tyre said if Thomson had not pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity he would have sentenced him to six years' imprisonment.
Lord Tyre also took into account Thomson's remorse, which he did not doubt was genuine.
The judge said he was also aware Thomson's family, who were in the public benches, remained supportive of him despite this 'tragic incident.'
Thomson wept as his QC told the High Court in Glasgow how their mother was devastated as one son was dead and another was responsible."

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