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Robbers jailed over man's death

Two robbers who attacked and killed a man after breaking into a flat have been jailed for six years each.

A judge told Paul Harrigan, 38, and Russell McCulley, 35, they were "dangerous individuals" who readily resorted to violence.

They were originally charged with murdering Raymond Crichton, 32, in an attack at a flat in Well Street, Paisley, on 16 February.

The Crown accepted guilty pleas to the reduced offence of culpable homicide.

Judge Lord Tyre told the pair, at the High Court in Edinburgh, they would have faced jail terms of eight years if they had not pleaded guilty.

The judge also ordered Harrigan and McCulley should be kept under supervision for a further four years.

'Very meagre'

After the sentencing, the victim's aunt Patricia Gregory said: "It's a scandal, it really is. I thought at least 10 years for them.

"The sentence is very meagre. They got six years and will do four. They should have stood trial for murder."

The victim's sister Claire Crichton also condemned the sentence as "ridiculous".

The court had heard that Mr Crichton, from Johnstone, in Renfrewshire, had gone to the flat with his partner Pauline Wright where they were joined by friends.

Miss Wright was using her laptop when the front door was forced open.

Harrigan, of no fixed abode, and unemployed McCulley, of Argyle Street, Paisley, repeatedly punched Mr Crichton on the head knocking him to the ground.

As he fell his head cracked hard against the floor.

Mr Crichton was taken to hospital and was found to have a bruise on his brain.

He was in coma before he died at the Royal Alexandria Hospital, in Paisley, on 28 February.

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