Friday, 14 March 2014

Two convicted of Scott Blackwood murder

Two local men have been convicted of murdering Scott Blackwood (pictured) at his home in Wheatley Road, Saltcoats last July.

Last Friday (March 7), the jury at the High Court in Glasgow returned guilty verdicts to the charge of murder against Allan Nicol (36) and Thomas Moore (26). Both were sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 20 years before being eligible for parole.

Georgina Smith (22) was convicted on a lesser charge of culpable homicide and will be sentenced next month.

The five week trial heard graphic evidence of a sustained horrific attack on Mr Blackwood, described by friends as “a gentle giant that would have went out of his way to help anyone”. The prosecution said Nicol, Moore and Smith first attacked Scott at Nicol’s home on the night of July 3rd, before taking the badly-beaten man to his own home in Wheatley Road, where they continued the brutal assault.

Mr Blackwood was found dead on the morning of July 4th.

Pathologist Dr Julie McAdam said head injuries inflicted on Scott were consistent with car crash victims or those who had fallen from a great height, adding, “Mr Blackwood was the victim of a sustained attack using blunt force and sharp instruments, so he would have attempted to defend himself. The injuries to his hands and arms are very much defensive injuries.”

Scott Blackwood was originally from Ardrossan.

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