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Peter Cumming, Chef, Learns Fate After Murdering Girlfriend, Lynda Brown, At Dinner Party

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Police stand outside the home where Peter Cumming stabbed his girlfriend to death on Sept. 1, 2012. | STV
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A Glasgow chef will be enjoying 14 years of cuisine-de-incarceration after he was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend.

Peter Cumming -- the 58-year-old who threw a dinner party and then fatally stabbed his girlfriend because she wasn't hungry -- was sentenced today to at least 14 years before he's up for parole, the BBC reports.

Cumming admitted sticking a knife in the back of his longtime girlfriend, 63-year-old Lynda Brown, when she told him she had already eaten before his dinner party on Sept. 1 last year.

"Something snapped," he said in court. "I was in behind her in the bedroom and I had the knife and I don't know where it came from, I don't know. I was out of control. It's just not like me. I am so in control. I need to keep things in control."

Brown was able to call authorities for help during the melee, and screamed to a dispatcher, "My partner's threatening me with a knife!" When officers arrived, she was lying dead on the bedroom floor, the knife still in her back.

The chef told police at the time that his girlfriend had goaded him before he stabbed her to death. An autopsy revealed that she had been stabbed four times.

Cumming had previous convictions for abusing Brown, according to STV.

Before his sentencing, Cumming's lawyer offered a last-ditch argument for a light sentence:

"From the outset he has been willing to plead guilty to murder. He is hugely remorseful," Gordon Jackson said in court. "His memory of what happened is hazy. Ironically, the friends who were coming to dinner were, unknown to him, going to tackle him about his drinking."

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