Killer told cops at cordon: I did it

A KILLER walked up to a police cordon and confessed to detectives, saying:

Loading Comments
Share
Print

"It's me you're looking for. I did it."

At the High Court in Glasgow Sean Crombie, 20, admitted murdering Ian Rankin by repeatedly striking him on the head and body with a baton, a crutch and a knife at Graham Avenue, Clydebank, on December 29 last year.

The court heard Crombie carried out a frenzied attack on Mr Rankin, 46, stabbing him 36 times. The fatal blows were to Mr Rankin's neck.

Advocate depute Adrian Cottam told the court Mr Rankin, a dad-of-two, was also stabbed in the chest and one of the blows was so forceful it penetrated the breastbone.

The court heard Crombie was a friend of Mr Rankin's teenage son.

The killer, who was carrying a knife in the waistband of the trousers, arrived at Mr Rankin's home looking for his son. He wasn't there, but Mr Rankin - known as Gerry - invited Crombie in for a drink.

A couple of hours later a row developed and around 1am neighbours heard breaking glass.

Crombie later told police Mr Rankin had threatened him and he reacted by hitting him and then "lost it".

The court was told blows rained down on Mr Rankin. He was hit with a baton and a crutch, before being repeatedly stabbed.

Mr Cottam said: "Considerable force was required to inflict the injuries and the pathologist can't rule out some of the injuries being inflicted post-mortem."

Crombie now faces detention for life.

Judge Lord Burns will determine how many years he must spend behind bars before being able to apply for parole when he sentences Crombie on May 19 at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Block list

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

160686

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

The indyref vote is the biggest decision of our lives

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

Sexy Clooney, the TV weather and the pandas...

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.