Man found guilty of Stephen Johnston murder in Elgin
A man has been found guilty of murder during a violent street disturbance in Moray.
Stephen Johnston, 37, died following the early morning incident on 24 June last year in Elgin's Lesmurdie Road.
Jamie Nicol, 26, was found guilty of murder after a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen. Sentence was deferred.
Grampian Police Det Insp Paul McCruden said: "Jamie Nicol engaged in violent clashes in Elgin which shocked the local community."
Nicol was also found guilty of assaulting a second man at a children's play park in Blackburn hours before the murder.
Two other men, Daniel McArthur, 21, and Dale Wilson, 26, had already admitted their parts in the reduced charge of assault.
Co-accused Andrew Wilson, 23, was cleared of all charges.
Lord Uist deferred the case until Thursday.
Det Insp McCruden added: "None of the accused have shown any remorse for their actions on that night."
He said he hoped Nicol's conviction might "provide some closure" for Mr Johnston's family and friends.