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William Douglas, of Sinclair Street, paisley, was sentenced to life for the murder of Frederick Hutton in June 2007.

Then 26, he was branded nothing more than a "common criminal" and a "vigilante", and will have to serve a minimum of 18 years in jail for the 2 November crime.

His cohort, Scott Harper, 22, was jailed for 14 years for culpable homicide, after the pair were convicted by a jury last month.

There were tears as Lord Hardie read out the sentence for the Greenock killers. Mr Hutton"s family were too distressed to comment outside the court

Dad-of-three Douglas, of Sinclair Street, will not be freed until at least 2024, while dad-of-two Harper, of Clydeview Road, will not be released before 2020.

In the early hours of 2 November last year, Frederick Hutton was fatally stabbed in the groin as he opened the front door of his home in Corlic Street.

But it wasn"t enough for Douglas and Harper to leave the 55-year-old in a pool of blood, and both tried to murder his half-brother, Charles Coyle.

Douglas claimed Mr Coyle had abused him as a child - an allegation denied in court - and went to the scene armed with a knife he usually kept under his pillow.

Lord Hardie said: 'There is no place for vigilantes in our society and that"s what you decided to do.

'And even if there was any truth in the allegation you were making about Charles Coyle, you were not entitled to be accuser, judge and executioner.

'You are nothing more than common criminals. This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent victim.'

Detective Chief Inspector Bobby Shaw, who led the murder inquiry, said: 'At the end of the day, justice has been done in a tragic and vicious murder, particularly when the victim was completely innocent.

'I think there will be some closure for the family.'

Douglas and Harper were each jailed for 12 years for the attempted murder of Charles Coyle and two breach of the peace charges. This will be served concurrently with their punishments for the death of Frederick Hutton.

Source: Greenock Telegraph 16 Jun 07

In December 2012, William Douglas, now 29, was suspected of trying to smuggle in drugs after a visit. this led to a 3-day lock-down in Addiewell Prison.






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