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Keiryn Nisbet guilty of murdering OAP Robert Simpson

Keiryn Nisbet
Image caption Keiryn Nisbet had denied killing Robert Simpson

A man who killed a pensioner in his own home in West Lothian has been found guilty of murder.

Keiryn Nisbet had denied killing Robert Simpson, known as Ronnie, in Mayfield Drive, Armadale, on 6 October 2012.

The 22-year-old was unknown to the 67-year-old and carried out the attack after being thrown out of a nearby pub.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Nisbet entered Mr Simpson's flat and repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on his head and body.

He also struck Mr Simpson on the head with a blunt instrument and dragged him across the floor of his house.

Nisbet then sent a message to a friend on Facebook saying he had attacked a man but could not fully remember what he had done.

The court heard how Nisbet, from Armadale, had spent the hours leading up to his attack drinking in the Blether Inn pub in the town.

He had been thrown out of the pub for being too drunk and for allegedly assaulting a barmaid.

He then made his way to Mr Simpson's house and attacked him.

During the trial, one of Mr Simpson's neighbours told the court he had heard "an old man squealing" inside the victim's house on the night Mr Simpson died.

'Wardrobe dropped'

Allan Wilson, 25, told the court he made a 999 call after he heard an argument and the sound of a "wardrobe being dropped."

The jury heard a recording of Mr Wilson's call in which he told the operator he could hear "banging doors" and "smashing every two minutes" from Mr Simpson's home.

Image caption Mr Simpson was seen on CCTV visiting shops near his home

The witness told the court there was a "scuffle in the living room which went right through to the bedroom."

Forensic scientists found blood from Nisbet on the bedroom wall of his Mr Simpson's house.

Det Ch Insp Robert Cowper, of Police Scotland, said: "While nothing can undo the pain and suffering Mr Simpson's loss has had on his family and the impact in the local community, I hope that today's verdict can allow the family to move forward from this ordeal.

"Mr Simpson was a well-known local and the attack within his own home was a callous act, which Keiryn Nisbet has never offered any explanation for."

Nisbet will be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday 11 October.

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