The partner of a man stabbed to death in Aberdeen has said she is glad his killer’s appeal has been thrown out – but disappointed his jail sentence was not increased.
Darren Barnes, also known as Riley, inflicted 21 wounds on father of two Robert Reid, 28, during a fatal attack at Robert’s home on Arnage Place, Aberdeen, in October 2016.
Barnes, 29, of Don Place, Woodside, was convicted of culpable homicide and was jailed for 10 years in March.
His lawyers were told at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh that their appeal had failed.
Mr Reid’s partner Jackie Hanratty told the Evening Express: “The judges have seen Barnes for what he is.
“I am over the moon that his sentence wasn’t cut, though disappointed as I was hoping his sentence would have been doubled.”
Ms Hanratty has a four-year-old son with Robert – also called Robert.
“I’m glad the court process is all over and I can now focus on being mummy and daddy rolled into one person for Robert as, by Barnes’s choice that night, he took away our world in one night of madness,
“I wish Robert would be home in 10 years. By then our son would be just 14.”
At the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh in March, judge Lord Kinclaven made reference to the fact Barnes and Reid had been drinking together before the attack and said: “Your voluntary intoxication may help to explain the background to these tragic events but that is not an excuse.”
Barnes’s lawyers argued Lord Kinclaven did not give sufficient weight to mitigating features, especially the degree of provocation involved in the offence.
Defence counsel Shelagh McCall QC said: “The appellant was clearly injured by the deceased in what must have been a frightening and painful assault.”
Lord Menzies, who heard the appeal with Lord Brodie, said: “The element of provocation was at the centre of this trial it seems to us and it was clearly because of that provocation the jury reduced the charge from murder to culpable homicide.”
The senior appeal judge said Lord Kinclaven had taken provocation into account and added: “That was one of the crucial elements at the trial he heard.”
Lord Menzies said the trial judge was in the best position to assess the seriousness of the provocation and to consider the balance of the violence used by the men against each other.