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Man admits murdering brother in New Year’s Day house fire

Blair Logan poured petrol on his younger brother Cameron as he slept on January 1.

A man has admitted murdering his brother and attempting to murder his brother’s girlfriend in a New Year’s Day house fire.

Blair Logan poured petrol on his younger brother Cameron, 23, and the bed he was sharing with Rebecca Williams as they slept at their family home in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, in the early hours of January 1 this year.

Ms Williams was rescued from the fire and treated in hospital, while Logan’s parents were treated for smoke inhalation.

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Rebecca Williams, the girlfriend of Cameron Logan, arrives at the High Court (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Logan, 27, pleaded guilty to a charge of murder and attempted murder at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday. He had been arrested two weeks after the fire amid a major Police Scotland investigation.

The family dog, Gomez, was also killed in the fire.

Logan was said to have had a “hostile relationship” with his brother and searches of his computer found he had researched burn injuries. He was also charged with endangering the lives of his parents David and Catherine in the fire.

Both parents were in the court room in Glasgow, along with Ms Williams, as the guilty plea was made in front of judge Lady Scott.

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David and Catherine Logan, the parents of Cameron and Blair, arrive at the High Court (Andrew Milligan/PA)

After his arrest, Logan told police: “I didn’t want to kill him.”

Advocate Depute Alex Prentice said the accused admitted pouring petrol “with the intention of maiming or crippling” his brother.

The attack was said to be in retaliation for a recent incident at the house when his brother had punched him.

Logan told detectives he took the petrol from a church garage a month and a half before the fire and stored it in his bedroom.

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