Convicted Fife killer threatened to murder neighbour


A brutal killer threatened to murder a neighbour with a knife during a late night disturbance in Dunfermline.

David Kinloch (35) armed himself with the knife and chased the neighbour. He then threatened to set his dog on police officers.

In 2008, Kinloch (pictured above, right) was jailed for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Sonya Todd in Methil in a horrific, prolonged attack.

Residents in Dunfermline were not surprisingly concerned about the killer being housed in their street in 2017 and began a campaign to get rid of him.

Then when Kinloch’s fiancée Amanda Britt (pictured, left) was heard screaming and shouting for help late at night, neighbour Kieran Lock went to their door to see what was happening.

Kinloch armed himself with a knife and threatened to kill Mr Lock, chasing him across the road.

After a three-day trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, Kinloch was convicted of three charges. He was due to be released from his current jail term for a different offence in March but now faces significantly more jail time.

The charges were:

On 30th December 2017 at Craigmyle Street, Dunfermline, Kinloch behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly shouting, swearing, repeatedly utter threats of violence towards Kieran Lock whilst in possession of a knife and pursued him.

He was also found guilty of being unlawfully in possession of a knife. 

He had admitted a third charge that in Paton Street on the same night he repeatedly shouted, swore, challenged police officers to fight, uttered threats towards police and threatened to set his dog on them.

Sheriff Charles MacNair called for reports and Kinloch will be sentenced on 25th February.

After the jury delivered their verdict, solicitor Ian Houston said his client had been “hounded” in Fife. “They were facing victimisation and hostility in Fife,” he complained.

Amanda Britt is also behind bars facing a charge of contempt of court for her behaviour during the trial. She was remanded in custody until a hearing on Monday.

In September 2008, Kinloch, then known as Craigie, admitted the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, 21-year-old Sonya at their home in Methil.

He kicked, bit and struck the mum-of-one with a dog chain during an attack which is believed to have lasted up to five hours.



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