Man admits murdering brother in Glasgow house fire on New Year’s Day
A 27-year-old man has admitted murdering his brother and attempting to murder his brother’s girlfriend in a house fire in Glasgow.
Blair Logan poured petrol on his brother Cameron, 23, and Rebecca Williams as they slept at the family home in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, on the morning of 1 January.
The couple had been at a New Year’s Eve party and walked to his family’s home where they slept on an inflatable mattress in the living room.
Ms Williams was rescued by her boyfriend’s father and neighbours who rushed to help but she was critically injured.
The family dog, Gomez, was also killed in the fire.
Logan pleaded guilty to a charge of murder and attempted murder at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday.
He also admitted endangering the lives of his parents David and Catherine, who were treated for smoke inhalation.
His parents and Ms Williams were in court when he pleaded guilty.
At around 7.15am, Mrs Logan was woken by the family dog whining and went downstairs where she saw a figure in dark clothing standing in the living room.
Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, told the court: “Catherine Logan then heard Cameron roar in surprise, shock and fear, before the accused made a jerking motion with his arm as if throwing something.
“The accused then ran from the living room and went out the front door.
“Catherine Logan slammed the door behind him, shouting something like ‘get the hell out of my house’, still not knowing who it was.
“When she turned back towards the living room she saw ‘orange and crackling’ and the room turning black. She also heard Cameron and Rebecca screaming.”
Mrs Logan could not open the door to the room so she ran outside to ask neighbours for help, shouting out for her husband who also tried to get into the living room but was beaten back by the smoke and fire.
Ms Williams managed to roll on to the floor and crawl into the kitchen where she put her head in the fridge to protect herself from the fire.
As well as burns to her arms and face, Ms Williams also suffered damage to her throat, vocal cords and lungs.
She has undergone surgery four times, including a tracheostomy procedure, where an opening is created at the front of the neck so a tube can be inserted into the windpipe to help you breathe.
The tracheostomy may be permanent, and the potential long-term damage to the lungs is not known.
She may not be able to return to work as a broadcast journalist due to the damage caused.
The court heard Logan had a “hostile relationship” with his brother and the attack was said to be in retaliation for a recent incident at the house when his brother had punched him.
Searches of Logan’s computer revealed he had researched burn injuries.
After his arrest, Logan told police: “It was not my intent to kill him but I did do it.”
When charged with the attempted murder of Ms Williams, he said: “I thought she was out of the room”, and added: “I did not wish to murder my parents.”
Defence lawyer Shelagh McCall said Logan showed “wicked recklessness” but did not intend to kill his brother.
He was said to have “felt physically sick at the whole thing”.
Ms McCall said there were “unusual traits” in Logan’s personality and that he had a lack of understanding of the impact of his actions on other people.
He was subject to two psychiatric reports which concluded there was not sufficient evidence for a plea of diminished responsibility.
Logan will be sentenced on 11 August.