Scotland: Two men jailed after stabbing father to death in row over alleged ‘poof’ remark

February 22, 2013
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Two men who stabbed a man to death in Glasgow after claiming he called one of their sons a “poof” will spend at least 20 years behind bars.

John Hyndman, 48, was stabbed in the neck and stamped on before being dumped on a stairwell of flats in Ruchazie, Glasgow, on 4 July 2012, the BBC reports.

Archie Paterson, 53, and John Kenna, 49, were convicted of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

A jury heard Kenna and Paterson ganged up on him after he allegedly made homophobic remarks about Kenna’s son.

The trial heard how Mr Hyndman had been out at his local bar when it was his “grave misfortune” to accept an invitation to go to Paterson’s home

On Friday, at the High Court in Glasgow, both men were jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

It was alleged that while in the flat, the victim had said that Kenna’s son was gay. Paterson initially threatened Mr Hyndman with a knife before Kenna got the weapon and stabbed him in the neck and spine.

The killers then trampled him underfoot, leaving the imprint of a shoe on his face, and dragged his body out onto the landing.

Paterson was seen throwing buckets of water to try and clean the blood-soaked property. Kenna was later said to have told his wife that he had “killed somebody” or “murdered somebody”.

He also told friend Steven Hart: “Stevie, he called my boy a poof three times.”

Temporary judge Rita Rae QC jailed both Kenna and Paterson for life, imposing a punishment part of 18 years for the murder.

She added a further two years on the charges of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Judge Rae said the murder had been “brutal” and “senseless”.

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