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Murderer stabbed man to death with 'vampire skull' sword

Adrian Hynd jailed for at least 18 years for killing Alex Forbes in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Murder: Alex Forbes, left, killed by Adrian Hynd.
Murder: Alex Forbes, left, killed by Adrian Hynd.

A murderer repeatedly stabbed a man with his "vampire skull" fantasy sword during a house attack.

Star Trek fan Adrian Hynd was jailed for at least 18 years for killing Alex Forbes in a "brutal and bloodied" assault.

Hynd repeatedly stabbed Mr Forbes during a frenzied attack at his home in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on January 2.

A jury heard how the 25-year-old victim suffered more than 100 wounds.

Hynd, who had claimed self-defence, received a life sentence at the High Court in Glasgow.

Lord Ericht told the 52 year-old: "You invited various people back to your home after the pub.

"The next morning, Alexander Forbes lay dead on your floor... your ornamental collector's sword embedded in his chest."

Hynd had earlier been convicted of murder at a trial in Edinburgh.

A jury heard how science fiction fan Hynd and Mr Forbes had ended up alone in the killer's home.

Mr Forbes, who lived in Edinburgh, was grabbed by the neck before being punched and stabbed.

One police officer told the trial the murder scene had been the "worst" he had ever come across.

Hynd insisted in evidence he struck Mr Forbes after he was attacked first.

A jury heard claims Mr Forbes had earlier been acting aggressively in a pub, showing off his "gunshot wounds" and claiming he was related to a well-known Edinburgh family.

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