Glasgow & West Scotland

Men convicted of Hamilton money row murder

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption Kiernan and Crawford were convicted at the High Court in Glasgow

Two men who stabbed their victim and slashed his throat in a row over money are facing life sentences after being convicted of murder.

Paul Kiernan, 34, and John Crawford, 43, attacked 34-year-old Kevin Black with a knife and bottle at a flat in Hamilton on 1 March last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Mr Black was stabbed five times and had his jugular vein severed.

Sentence on Kiernan and Crawford was deferred until next month.

The court heard how Mr Black earlier that day had tried to pass a counterfeit £20 to a taxi driver and was also thought to owe money to a drug dealer.

After the attack Kiernan and Crawford fled to a neighbouring house in Dunkeld Place, Hamilton.

Crawford phoned for an ambulance but put on an Irish accent in a bid to disguise his voice and said there was a man with serious stab wounds.

Broken bottle

When police arrived on the scene they found Mr Black's body. Beside it was a Skean Dhu sheath and a broken Buckfast tonic wine bottle.

Crawford, from Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, and Kiernan, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, were convicted of killing Mr Black following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

They were also convicted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of the knife or knives used in the killing.

Crawford's son, also John Crawford, 20, from Larkhall, was convicted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of the clothing worn by the killers.

Throughout the trial all three had denied the charges against them.

Judge Lord Matthews deferred sentence on all three until next month for background reports.

At the next court hearing he will determine how long Kiernan and Crawford must serve before being eligible for parole.

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