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Newarthill security guard murderer jailed for 18 years

Mohammad Abu Sammour Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Mr Abu Sammour had been working as a security guard at the housing development

A man who murdered a security guard by beating him up and reversing over him in his own work van has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years.

Scott Pearson, 22, was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow following the death of 49-year-old Mohammed Abu Sammour in October last year.

Another man, Ryan Hunter, 28, was sentenced to six years after he pleaded guilty to culpable homicide.

The pair and an accomplice planned to steal Mr Sammour's van to go joyriding.

Mr Sammour died at a Taylor Wimpey building site in Newarthill, Lanarkshire, on 28 October last year.

Jurors had heard how he was beaten unconscious, then reversed over in his own vehicle.

'Considered to be murderous'

He suffered 83 injuries including fractures to his face, skull and multiple rib injuries.

It emerged Pearson - whose criminal record stretches back to when he was 12 years old - had only been freed from prison eight days earlier.

Sentencing, Lord Burns told him: "Mr Sammour must have been dragged for a considerable distance while trapped under the van.

"It is plain that you were fully aware that you had reversed over him.

"The way you did this was considered to be murderous. You then fled the scene leaving others to give help to Mr Sammour as he lay dying."

Hunter had pled guilty to culpable homicide on the basis he did not take any "physical action" to stop Pearson or get out the van to help the victim.

Lord Burns told him: "You could have detached yourself from the crime long before. Along with your friends, you left Mr Sammour to his fate."

The victim's wife, Fida Abu Sammour, released a statement through her solicitor, Aamer Anwar, thanking police and the Crown Office for giving her family justice.

Mr Anwar said: "Following the sentencing of two of the killers of her husband, Fida is grateful to the police and Crown Office for giving her family justice today.

"Mohammed was a kind and peaceful man who leaves behind four young sons who pine for their father every waking minute.

"No sentence, no punishment would bring back Mohammed. These killers showed a barbaric disregard for his life last October, however the fight for justice is not over."

He added: "A third man was named in this court and is alleged to have been part of the attack. Mrs Abu Sammour now expects the Lord Advocate to do his duty. It would be inappropriate to comment further."

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