HMA v Greig Andrew Love

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 26 April 2018, Lord Matthews sentenced Greig Love to life imprisonment (punishment part 14 years) after the accused pled guilty to a charge of murder. On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following statement in court:

“You have pleaded guilty to the brutal murder of Daniel O’Farrell by stabbing him repeatedly. The reasons for this behaviour were apparently complaints made about his behaviour towards your sister and another young girl and remarks he is said to have made to you about his intentions towards her.

“Mr O’Farrell is not of course here to answer for himself but for present purposes I can only proceed on the basis that your perception of events was as it is said to be.

“However, even if the complaints were true, while they might provide some sort of explanation for what you did they cannot amount to an excuse. The appropriate course would have been to involve the police but instead you carried out what in essence was an execution.

“Far from protecting your sister, you have now deprived her of such support as she might have had from you for the foreseeable future but much worse than is the loss sustained by Mr O’Farrell’s friends and family. His parents had the awful experience of burying their own child and his daughter will grow up never knowing him and having her life blighted by the knowledge that he was murdered.

“The only sentence I can impose on you is detention for life.

"I also have to specify a period which must pass before you can apply for release on parole. Whether you are released then or later, if ever, will be a matter for the Parole Board.

“Taking all the circumstances into account, including the brutality and deliberate nature of this offence, your own age and lack of record, your personal circumstances, the contents of the report and what has been said on your behalf I would have set that period at 17 years. Given the timing of your plea it will be 14 years.

“That does not mean that this is a sentence of 14 years detention. It is one of detention for life subject to the possibility of parole and even if you are released you will always be subject to the conditions of a licence and liable to be recalled to custody if the terms of it are broken. The sentence will be back-dated to 11 September 2017”.