David's killer says 'sorry' to hearbroken family

By David tucker

Published 24/11/2015 | 00:00

STABBED TO DEATH: The late David Hamilton was a gifted member of Extreme Rhythm.
STABBED TO DEATH: The late David Hamilton was a gifted member of Extreme Rhythm.

A man convicted of murdering a Wexford musician during an argument over heroin at a house in Cork has been given a life sentence.

Peter Jackson of Kerryhall Road, Fairhill, Co Cork had admitted killing 31-year-old David Hamilton but denied murder.

The 41-year-old former heroin addict apologised as he was being led away to prison saying he did not set out to do it.

'I'm sorry, I didn't set out to do this,' he said, turning towards the bereaved family. Jackson was given the mandatory life sentence by Justice Isobel Kennedy at the Central Criminal Court. During the hearing Mr Hamilton's uncle Robert Denby read a victim impact statement that described the family's suffering since David's death in 2012. He said the 'world came crashing down' and that when they rushed to his bedside after hearing he had been stabbed, 'it never entered our heads that someone so big and strong and full of life could die. No words can express how broken-hearted we are.' Mr Hamilton was described as a talented drummer who developed a love of music when he learned to play the flute as a boy.

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