Glasgow & West Scotland

Siblings jailed for shop murder

Irene and Peter Singleton
Image caption Irene and Peter Singleton were jailed for killing David McShane

A brother and sister have been jailed for life for beating a 43-year-old man to death at a kebab shop in Glasgow.

Peter Singleton, 36, and Irene Singleton, 39, attacked David McShane in Ali's Takeway, Shettleston Road, on 7 June 2009, following an argument.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Mr McShane's life support was turned off a month later.

Temporary Judge Roger Craik QC ordered the pair to serve a minimum of 13 years before being eligible for parole.

The court heard how the Singletons, had been on a night out with their sister, Diane, 40, when words were exchanged between them and Mr McShane.

Mr McShane, who was 6ft 3in tall and 21 stone, was knocked to the ground then repeatedly stamped and kicked with such force that an imprint of a shoe was left on his forehead.

Irene Singleton, from Airdrie, had to be pulled away by her sister.

She and her brother Peter, from Craigend, Glasgow, had denied murdering Mr McShane but a jury convicted them both of murder.

It emerged during the trial that Irene Singleton had previous convictions for theft and assault.

Peter Singleton had previous convictions for road traffic offences, housebreaking and racially aggravated conduct.

Passing sentence, temporary judge Roger Craik QC said their actions had deprived the McShane family of a son and brother who they were fond of.

He told the pair: "Both of you have offended in the past but there is nothing to suggest you would react in the extremely violent way on the night in question.

"The victim was not in good general health but he was only 43 and there is nothing to suggest he would not have survived for a good few years. Neither of you appear remorseful."

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