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Man who killed brother by setting him on fire jailed

11 August 2017 National News

A man has been jailed for 20 years for murdering his brother and attempting to murder his brother’s girlfriend by setting them on fire.

Blair Logan, 27, poured petrol over his younger brother, Cameron, and his brother’s girlfriend, Rebecca Williams, as they slept on New Year’s Day.

The couple were at the Logan’s family home in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire.

Ms Williams was rescued and treated in hospital, while Logan’s parents suffered smoke inhalation. The family dog, Gomez, was also killed.

Logan had pleaded guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder last month. He said he had poured the petrol in retaliation for being punched earlier by his brother, but had not intended to kill him.

“It was not my intent to kill him but I did do it,” he told police.

Image: Rebecca Williams was injured in the blaze

He was given a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years, reduced from 24 because of his early plea, at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Judge Lady Scott said Cameron had died a “horrible death” and that his brother had “acted with wicked recklessness”.

During the trial, the court heard the two brothers had a “hostile” relationship, and Logan told police they had not spoken since the death of their grandmother in 2013.

A computer seized from his bedroom showed that he had searched the internet for burn victims since October last year.

Logan told police he thought that Ms Williams was out of the room, and also that he did not want to murder his parents, David and Catherine.

Parents of Blair Logan who killed his brother in a fire in Glasgow

Image: David and Catherine Logan were treated for smoke inhalation

Both parents as well as Ms Williams were in court. In a letter to the court, the parents had said they “find it extremely difficult to reconcile the Blair they know with the Blair who caused Cameron’s death”.

Defence QC Shelagh McCall said Logan had shown genuine remorse, and now views the murder of his brother as an “horrific”.

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