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McDowell handed 12 years in prison for 'cut-throat murder' of Laurence Shaw


Jailed: Jackie McDowell in 2017.

Jailed: Jackie McDowell in 2017.

Jailed: Jackie McDowell in 2017.

A 40-year old Co Antrim man has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars for the cut-throat murder of Larne man Laurence Shaw.

Jackie Murray McDowell was handed a life sentence in May this year after he admitted murdering Mr Shaw in the living room of his Hillmount Gardens home on October 8, 2017.

The 47-year old former joiner - known as Lornie - was found with knife wounds to his neck and chest after inviting McDowell into his home and socialising with him.

Mr Shaw's grieving family were at Belfast Crown Court to watch McDowell being handed a minimum term of 12 years which he will serve before he is considered eligible for release by the Paroles Commission.

As McDowell was being led from back into custody by prison staff, Mr Shaw's sister Margaret calmly pointed at the 40-year old, from Laharna Avenue in Larne, and said: "Do to yourself what you did to my brother. His life is worth more than 12 years."

Belfast Telegraph