Blade maniac, 24, who hacked stranger to death with ‘sword’ after Celtic v Rangers match caged for life
A THUG who stabbed a stranger to death after he had been out drinking watching a Celtic and Rangers match was today jailed for life.
Kai Russell, 24, brutally attacked Kamil Charyszyn, who died in the street close to his home in Easterhouse, Glasgow on 21 March 2021.
The stricken 35-year-old father managed to say to his partner before walking away: “Honey, I’ve been hit with a knife.”
Russell pleaded guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to one count of murder.
Judge Lord Scott ordered Russell to serve a minimum of 15-and-a-half years behind bars.
He said: “Mr Charyszyn’s partner will be left with stressful traumatic memories of his last hour.
“Obviously it has been and will continue to be a devastating impact on his family.
“Nothing said or done here today, and no sentence imposed, will help Charyszn’s family with their loss.
“The main consideration in sentencing in the unprovoked nature of this case.”
Prosecutor Graeme Jessop told how the killer and others – including Emans – had been at a house in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, watching the match that day.
It was there that Russell was captured on CCTV in possession of a “sword-like knife”.
The group later returned to Easterhouse for a house party.
But Russell was knocked out after he got into a row with another partygoer.
While he and others stood in the street arguing, Kamil and his partner were on their way home.
Kamil had lived in the area with his family since moving to Scotland from Poland in 2009.
Kamil’s partner then got into a disagreement with a woman Russell was dating.
The victim tried to get her away towards their home.
But Mr Jessop then explained: “At this point Russell walked towards Kamil Charyszyn … struck him in the neck with a long, thin knife.
“After hitting him, Russell ran off to his home address (in Easterhouse).”
Kamil managed to tell his partner in his own language what had happened.
The victim was initially able to walk, but his condition rapidly worsened.
A 999 call was made and members of the public came to his aid.
Mercy crews arrived and emergency surgery was performed on the street.
But Kamil never recovered and died on the spot.
The court heard Russell proceeded to call a woman and said he had “stabbed a man in the neck and then bolted”.
He was questioned by the police days later, but was initially released.
On 15 April, however, he was arrested again and charged with the murder.
The court was told that Kamil was stabbed in the neck which caused him to be struck in the heart.
The weapon – which was never found – was believed to have an eight-inch blade.
Russell’s KC Brian McConnachie told sentencing he has little recollection of what happened that day.
He added: “There was an argument that broke out between the wife of the deceased and the partner of Mr Russell which ended with one man dying and another facing life imprisonment.
“We have two families who are completely devastated by what happened that night.
“He has not waived responsibility for what has happened and takes responsibility for this offence.”
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