Police Scotland have welcomed the conviction of 25-year-old Stevie Angus for the murder of Aaron Arthur (31), which occurred in Peterhead in December last year.
During a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen, Angus claimed he had stabbed Mr Arthur in self defence.
Mr Angus died from a single stab would to the chest at a flat in the Longate area of town.
Detective Chief Inspector David Hadden, who led the enquiry, said: “The events which took place in December last year led to the needless loss of a young life and we are pleased with the result today and the conviction of Stevie Angus for the murder of Aaron Arthur.
“The refusal by Angus to admit what he had done at an early stage caused further distress not only to the family of Mr Arthur, but also to the witnesses who have been forced to relive the incident in court.
“The enquiry took place at a busy time just before Christmas and I would like to thank members of the public for their patience and perseverance while our officers undertook an investigation into the case.
“I would also like to highlight the professionalism and quick response to this incident from both the enquiry team and the Community Policing Teams involved.
“The conviction today will not bring Aaron back and may not provide closure for his family, but will hopefully help them begin to move on with their lives.”
Angus will be sentenced at a later date.