Craig Hepburn stabbing: Two found guilty

Anthony Driver (left) and Luke Elliott (right)
Image caption Anthony Driver (left) and Luke Elliott were both found guilty of killing 19-year-old Craig Hepburn.

Two men have been jailed after being found guilty of killing a talented bagpiper in a random attack following a night out in West Yorkshire.

Craig Hepburn, 19, from Linwood in Renfrewshire, was stabbed in Marsden last July, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Luke Elliott, 22, of Main Avenue, Cowlersley, was sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 22 years, for murder.

Anthony Driver, 37, of Grange Cottages, Marsden, was jailed for a minimum of 13 years for manslaughter.

Elliott was also found guilty of the attempted murder of Connor Paton, 19, who was stabbed in the same attack. Elliott was sentenced to 13 years for that offence, which he will serve concurrently,

Both victims had travelled from their homes in Linwood earlier that day.

Driver was cleared of the charges of murder, attempted murder and wounding with intent, but found guilty of manslaughter.

'Curled up on floor'

Both Elliott and Driver already had convictions for violent offences and had not long been released from custody when they attacked Mr Hepburn and Mr Paton, the court heard.

Image caption Craig Hepburn was stabbed 11 times on a night out in Marsden last year

Mr Hepburn had been visiting family when he was stabbed along with Mr Paton, as they walked home from a local pub where Mr Hepburn had been playing the bagpipes.

They were attacked by the two men, who had accused them of "looking at them".

Mr Hepburn was stabbed 11 times, mainly in his back. Mr Paton was stabbed three times as he tried to help his friend but survived the attack and raised the alarm.

Peter Moulson QC, prosecuting, told the jury earlier in the trial how Mr Paton described the attack to police.

"Craig was on the floor curled up, trying to protect himself. His legs were curled up to his chest and his arms were protecting his head."

In a statement, Mr Hepburn's family said they had been robbed of seeing him "grow into the young man he could have been".

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