A mum has revealed the heartbreaking moment her son ‘built daddy out of Lego’ – after a sadistic killer stabbed the father-of-three to death.
James Wright, 25, knifed Craig McClelland, 31, twice during the unprovoked attack in Paisley last year.
Wright launched the attack just after asking for a light for his cigarette , leaving his victim to bleed to death as paramedics desperately attempted to save his life.
Craig’s partner Stacey Wilcox told a court in an emotional witness impact statement her young three sons were “in pain, sobbing, crying” following his untimely death.
She said: “I have to watch our three sons in pain, sobbing, crying, asking questions that I cannot answer.
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“My three-year-old on his birthday built his daddy out of Lego; the despair in my six-year-old’s eyes when I couldn’t build a Lego set for him, not in the same way daddy did; the devastating sound of my baby searching for his daddy in the night – constantly shouting on him – the way he flaps his arms in excitement whenever he sees a picture of his daddy, it completely breaks my heart.”
Wright, who has numerous prior criminal convictions, should have been behind bars for breaching curfew when the assault took place.
Judge Lord Matthews, who handed down a life sentence for Wright, demanded to know why he was illegally out on release despite being electronically tagged.
He said there were “no answers” as to why the 25-year-old had not been recaptured after breaching his home detention curfew for an earlier knife offence.
The judge told Wright: “You have a number of previous convictions including two for carrying a sharp implement in public.
"I note also that your last sentence, for just such an offence, was imposed on 21 October 2016.
"On February 13, 2017, you were released early from that sentence and placed on a Home Detention Curfew (HDC), involving the use of an electronic tag.
“You breached that curfew and it was revoked 11 days later but you remained unlawfully at large for nearly six months, during which time you committed this awful offence.
"I have no doubt that questions will be asked about that but I am afraid I have no answers.”
Lord Matthews said the case had affected him, saying: “I don’t know if I will never forget the sight of an experienced paramedic almost breaking down in court as she relived her efforts to save Mr McClelland, who was begging not to be allowed to die.
“He was never to reach his destination or to return home because he was brutally stabbed in the street for no reason brought out in the evidence other than blood lust.”
And he told Wright: “There is nothing to be said in mitigation of what I have no doubt was the premeditated stabbing of a victim picked at random.
“The sentence is one of life imprisonment to run from 15 September 2017. I fix the punishment part at 20 years.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “This was a dreadful crime and we note and welcome the sentence imposed on the individual responsible.
“If a prisoner released on an HDC licence breaches any of the licence conditions, he or she may be recalled to custody by the SPS based on evidence of a breach supplied by the electronic monitoring company, the criminal justice social worker or the police.”
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