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Murderer jailed

May 18 2009
A man who murdered a rough sleeper after he hit his dog has been sentenced to life imprisonment Christopher Leary, 26, must serve at least 10-and-a-half years before he can apply for parole, after he admitted to murdering 50-year-old John Miller in the town of Motherwell, east of Glasgow, on 10th March last year. Judge Lord Hodge said he would have set the minimum sentence at 13 years had Mr Leary not pleaded guilty. Glasgow's High Court heard how Mr Leary had been walking his pit bull terrier at 2am when he met Mr Miller, who was returning from visiting his brother. Mr Miller, who had mental health problems, growled at the dog and then kicked it under the chin. Mr Leary then kicked Mr Miller to death, before calling 999 from his mobile and hanging up. When the operator called back, he apologised and said he did not need an ambulance. Mr Miller's body was found 10 minutes later by a member of the public. Brian Gilfedder, defending Mr Leary, said: "He did not intend to kill anyone but he now accepts the attack on Mr Miller involved was wicked recklessness."