Kate Middleton charity boss is a murderer who stabbed man five times on train

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    The boss of a charity Kate Middleton is royal patron of is a convicted murderer who stabbed a man five times on train.

    Action for Children is a charity that supports kids’ mental health, but while the Princess of Wales takes a great interest in the charity’s work – she didn’t know that its CEO is a convicted killer.

    Paul Carberry, the charity’s £154,500-a-year boss, savagely stabbed a father-to-be to death on a train and injured another passenger. He was given a sentence at Her Majesty’s Pleasure – an indefinite term that can never become a spent conviction under UK law.

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    Despite having committed the crime in December 1979, when he was aged 17, after completing his sentence he gained role on the Serious and Organised Crime Taskforce in his native Scotland – with a brief to curb youth gangs.

    But, reports the Mirror, charity patron Kate and her husband Prince William had no idea about his criminal past when they met him at a primary school a year ago.

    A remorseful Carberry told the paper that the brutal attack was: “Something I’ve regretted every day of my life. A family did not have their loved one because of me.”

    Carberry stabbed John Murray, 21, on a train carrying Scottish football fans to London for a match against England in 1979.

    Court reports said Carberry, who had been drinking beer and vodka, was in the Govan Team gang – named after a tough district of his native Glasgow.

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    The court was told violence began after a member of Carberry’s mob sexually assaulted a woman on board the train.

    Carberry was reportedly brandishing a flick knife as he chased Murray and two pals through the crowded carriages.

    Carberry first stabbed Michael McBain, 22, who was asleep on a carriage floor. Then he repeatedly plunged the knife into Mr Murray when a locked door stopped him escaping, reports said.

    Carberry was arrested when the train was halted at Warrington, Cheshire. In December 1979, aged 17, he was found guilty of murder – after pleading not guilty at Chester Crown Court.

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    In his defence he claimed he had confiscated another man’s knife and remembered nothing of the attack after being headbutted by Mr Murray during an argument over a girl.

    Carberry was given a sentence at Her Majesty’s Pleasure – an indefinite term which can never become a spent conviction under UK law. The judge, Mr Justice Mars Jones, called the killing “a tragic case”, and told the jury: “I agree entirely with your verdict.”

    Carberry was said to have shown little emotion – just closing his eyes and shaking his head. One paper reported the story under the headline: “Terror on the Tartan Express”. Survivor Michael McBain is now a married father and works as a joiner.

    He told the Mirror: “Stabbing somebody once is one thing but five times is different. I remember they put the other guy on a trolley on the platform then pulled a blanket over him.

    “You’ve got to think of the family that was left without a son.”

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