Glasgow & West Scotland

Paul Kiernan and John Crawford jailed for murder

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption Kiernan and Crawford denied murdering Mr Black

Two men who stabbed their victim and slashed his throat in a row over money have been jailed for life.

Paul Kiernan, 38, and John Crawford, 43, were convicted of murdering 34-year-old Kevin Black at a flat in Hamilton on 1 March last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Mr Black was stabbed five times and had his jugular vein severed.

Judge Lord Matthews ordered Kiernan to serve a minimum 16 years while Crawford was ordered to serve at least 19 years.

During the trial, the court heard how Mr Black, on the day of his murder, had tried to pass a counterfeit £20 to a taxi driver and was also thought to owe money to a drug dealer.

After the attack Kiernan and Crawford fled to a neighbouring house in Dunkeld Place, Hamilton.

Voice disguise

Crawford phoned for an ambulance but put on an Irish accent in a bid to disguise his voice and said there was a man with serious stab wounds.

When police arrived on the scene they found Mr Black's body. Beside it was a Skean Dhu sheath and a broken Buckfast tonic wine bottle.

Crawford, from Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, and Kiernan, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, had denied committing the murder.

They were also convicted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of the knife or knives used in the killing.

Crawford's son, also John Crawford, 20, from Larkhall, was convicted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of the clothing worn by the killers.

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