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A 23-year-old man who murdered his girlfriend’s former partner in a knife attack has been jailed.

Declan Blythe was given a life sentence for the fatal attack on Cameron McMillan in Motherwell in May 2019.

He was told he must serve a minimum of 16 years and three months before he is eligible for parole.

The attack took place after Mr McMillan turned up at the flat his ex-girlfriend, Amy Newton shared with Blythe where a house party was being held.

Blythe had denied murder but was found guilty in November.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Harrower told him there were several times when he could have walked away before the fatal attack occurred.

The judge said that Blythe’s claim that he acted in self defense was rightly rejected by the jury.

Defense counsel, Donald Findlay QC, said in his submission there was no doubt that Miss Newton had a significant part to play in the tragic events that took place.

He said that she was playing these two young men against each other.

The senior counsel said it was a very sad and distressing case which had led to two young lives being ruined.

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