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Jordan McCready jailed for life for murdering 13-year-old Jon Wilson

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Image caption Jon Wilson's family organised a march in his memory after he was murdered

A violent teenager who battered a 13-year-old boy to death while out on bail for assaulting two police officers has been jailed for life.

Jordan McCready, 17, from Dreghorn, admitted killing Jon Wilson as the boy made his way home from a friend's house in Kilmarnock last September.

He also admitted slashing a stranger and robbing a teenager of his mobile phone after committing the murder.

McCready must serve at least 14 years before he can apply for parole.

A previous hearing at the High Court in Glasgow heard how McCready - who had been drinking vodka and Buckfast, and taken valium pills - attacked Jon near Kilmarnock's Queen's Drive as the youngster headed home from a friend's house in the early hours of 4 September 2011.

Killer's boasts

The second year Kilmarnock Academy pupil was taken to hospital suffering from significant head injuries.

He was found to have irreversible brain damage and died on 5 September.

McCready later boasted to his cousin that "we just pounded the life out of" someone.

Image caption The attack happened near Queen's Drive in the early hours of 4 September 2011

When he was arrested, he shouted to police: "If he gets out of intensive care, I'm going to murder him. I'm only 16. I'll do two year in Polmont for attempt murder."

McCready also claimed he was "glad" he had "done him in" and that he had been owed money.

He also told how he had "jumped up and down on a boy's head".

McCready added: "We were walking to Asda, my pals seen him. I dragged him down a lane and battered the life out of him."

McCready also admitted slashing a stranger and robbing a teenager of his mobile phone after the killing.

He was handed a mandatory life sentence for the murder at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Speaking afterwards, Kilmarnock procurator fiscal Mirian Watson said: "The brutal and unprovoked murder of 13-year-old Jon Wilson caused widespread shock and revulsion in the community in Kilmarnock, and beyond.

'Truly abhorrent'

"The level of violence inflicted by Jordan McCready on a complete stranger was truly abhorrent, as was the attitude he displayed towards the crime afterwards."

After McCready admitted the murder, it emerged that he had been freed under curfew five days earlier for assaulting two police officers.

The teenager appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on 10 August 2011, where he admitted repeatedly punching a special constable in the face, causing injury, and punching a police constable.

At the time of the assaults on the policemen, McCready had also been subject to a curfew order and two separate bail orders.

His sentence was then deferred until 30 August 2011 for background reports and he was remanded in custody after bail was refused.

When he made his second appearance, Sheriff Brian Murphy deferred sentence and granted defence solicitor David McSorley's request for bail.

McCready was freed on a 19:00 to 07:00 curfew, but he murdered Jon five days later.

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