A man has been jailed for six years after strangling a 20-year-old to death in an Aberdeen flat.
Mark Bruce, 32, previously admitted culpable homicide in relation to the death of Chloe Miazek – having originally been charged with murder following an incident on November 3 last year.
Today at the High Court in Edinburgh he was sentenced to six years in prison – and told it would have been nine if not for his guilty plea.
Following the sentencing Miss Miazek’s family said: “No matter the outcome today or what has been said in court, Chloe – our beautiful daughter – was a young girl in the prime of her life who did not deserve to die.
“She was thoughtful, caring and intelligent and was loved dearly by her entire family and many friends.
“Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare, but it’s a reality we now face. We will always remember Chloe for the loving girl she was and will forever try to keep that memory alive.”
Bruce and his victim had met after a night out in Aberdeen and were strangers.
During the original hearing at the High Court in Aberdeen, Advocate Depute Jo McDonald told the court that Chloe had been told to leave Nox nightclub on Justice Mill Lane at about 1.40am on November 3 because she was intoxicated.
The psychology student went to a bus stop on Holburn Street where she met Bruce, who had just left a nearby pub and had earlier that evening drank six pints of lager and around five or six rum and cokes.
The court heard the pair were captured on CCTV walking away hand in hand from the bus stop, and later took a taxi to Bruce’s home address at Rosemount Viaduct.
She was last seen alive on CCTV at about 3am.
Ms McDonald told the court that Bruce went to a police station near his flat four hours later.
She said he told officers “I’ve done something terrible, I’ve killed someone”, and when asked for clarification, he told them “I’ve strangled her, she’s on the bed”.
Defence advocate Brian McConnachie QC said evidence had been disclosed from a former partner of Miss Miazek that “erotic sexual asphyxiation” was something that she was interested in.
He said: “Her former partner always declined.
“I do not want to wish to sound like I am suggesting that she was the author of her own misfortune, but it was a significant factor in this case.
“The accused cannot remember all that happened, but it seems that they had a shared interest in that particular practice.
“There was no intention to kill and no wicked recklessness to suggest a murderous purpose.”