A man has appeared at the High Court in Glasgow where he received a life sentence and was told he must serve at least 14 years for the murder of a man in Peterhead.
The 31-year-old had been convicted of murder at an earlier trial at the High Court in Aberdeen.
Gary Crossan assaulted Malcom Wright in January 2017. Mr Wright was so severely injured he was left in a coma and later died from his injuries.
The court heard that Crossan and Malcolm Wright were friends and had moved to Peterhead at the same time in October 2016. They had lived together briefly before Crossan had thrown Mr Wright out of the house they shared.
On 25th January the pair were drinking in Peterhead before returning to Crossan’s house. Crossan assaulted his victim in the early hours of the following day, after demanding money from him. He did not call an ambulance for more than 12 hours after the assault took place.
Malcolm Wright was eventually taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but died five days later.
“Crossan carried out a violent and sustained assault which left his victim in a coma and ultimately killed him,” said Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime, speaking after sentencing had been carried out.
“His actions demonstrated a complete disregard for human life towards somebody who had counted Crossan as a friend,” he added. “We will continue to do our utmost to prosecute those who are willing to inflict pain and injury through violence."
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