Man faces life sentence after killing neighbour who asked him to turn his music down

Steven Kettles will be sentenced formally on November 9

A Scottish man faces life in prison after he was found guilty of stabbing his neighbour to death in a row over loud music.

Steven Kettles, who is 28, was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday (October 12) of the murder of David Allan, who was aged 44, in a flat in Overton Mains, Kirkcaldy on March 3 this year.

According to BBC News, the incident took place after Allan went to Kettles’ flat, which was directly below his, in the early hours of the morning to ask him to turn his music down when he was stabbed.

Kettles, who called the police to report the incident himself, had argued that he had acted in self defence as Allan had banged on his bedroom window, shouting for him to turn the music down. He then said Allan had come to his front door and was banging and kicking on it, shouting about the music.

He then told the court that the incident had not been his fault as he had been making a cheese sandwich and still had the knife in his hand when Allan entered his flat. He told police: “It was not my fault because he went into it [the knife].”

Kettles will be sentenced formally on November 9.