Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has insisted his Budget gives Scots the ''best deal'' in the UK, despite coming under fire from the Tories for making some taxpayers pay more than south of the border.
Man Jailed For Life For Dog Row Murder
A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a neighbour over an argument about a dog.
Martin Carroll, 28, pled guilty in December to stabbing Stephen Gannon, 36, in the neck with a large knife in Springburn, Glasgow, in August of last year.
Mr Gannon collapsed in the street outside the block of flats they shared and died shortly afterwards.
The attack happened after an argument about another neighbour's dog, the Crown Office said.
At the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday, Lord Turnbull told Carroll he will serve 14 years in jail before being eligible for parole.
Prosecutors said Carroll had a string of previous convictions for violence, including possessing a knife.
Detective Chief Inspector Allan Burton said: "This was a particularly vicious attack by a violent individual on a man who was a neighbour and friend to many where he lived.
"To lash out with such ferocity and without any apparent regard for the consequences of his violent actions is absolutely senseless and underlines the devastation that knife crime can have in our communities.
"Our thoughts remain with the family of Stephen Gannon.''
Jennifer Harrower, procurator fiscal for the High Court, west of Scotland, said: "Martin Carroll chose to arm himself and use the weapon to carry out a senseless, violent crime.
"We are well aware of the devastating effect that knife crime can have and this is another tragic example of that.
"As prosecutors, we will continue to do our utmost to prosecute those who are responsible for violence and knife crime.''
Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Renfrewshire have asked for help in tracing discarded clothing.
Roads and schools have been closed as Storm Doris sweeps in, bringing snow and high winds to parts of Scotland.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told how her "heart breaks'' for the family of murdered schoolgirl Paige Doherty after her killer had his sentence cut by four years.
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