Thursday, 11 December 2014

Two jailed for Saltcoats killing

An 18 year-old Saltcoats man has been sentenced to serve at least 13 years and 5 months for the murder of 22 year-old Sam Johnston (pictured), also of Saltcoats.

Stuart McCulloch was found guilty last month after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.  Co-accused Alan Carey (19) of Ardrossan was found guilty of Mr Johnston’s culpable homicide and was jailed for 3 years when both men appeared again at the High Court for sentencing (December 11).

During the earlier trial, a jury heard that McCulloch had stabbed Sam Johnston through the heart after trouble flared at a party in Parkend Gardens, Saltcoats on October 26 last year.  Prosecutors also revealed that other party goers attempted to save Mr Johnston, but he died as a result of massive blood loss.

In a tragic twist, the High Court was also told that Stuart McCulloch had been best friends with Sam Johnston’s brother, Ross, since they were 5 years-old. 

Sentencing McCulloch and Carey, Judge Bill Dunlop said, “This is another senseless and tragic loss of life caused by the incomprehensible and casual indifference to the use of knives in the west of Scotland.”

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