Man convicted of killing Methilhill teenager

A man is found guilty of culpable homicide after the killing in April of Methilhill teenager Connor Cleave.
A man is found guilty of culpable homicide after the killing in April of Methilhill teenager Connor Cleave.

A man who stabbed a teenager to death in a Levenmouth street was today (Tuesday) convicted of culpable homicide

Jamie Wishart was found guilty, at the High Court in Livingston, of killing Connor Cleave following an attack in Simon Crescent, Methilhill, in the early hours of Tuesday, April 8 this year.

The 17-year-old sustained a puncture wound to his heart and was taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, where he later died.

A major police investigation was launched following the incident and Wishart (22) was subsequently arrested and charged.

Detective Inspector Martin MacLean of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, who led the investigation, said: “This attack and the subsequent death of Connor had a huge impact on the close-knit community of Methilhill in general and, particularly, upon the residents of Simon Crescent.

“Connor’s death was a needless tragedy, which involved two young men who had known each other for a significant part of their young lives and had grown up together.

“Jamie Wishart carried out a meaningless act of violence, which resulted in Connor sustaining a single, but fatal, stab wound to the heart.

“This is a telling reminder of the dangers of carrying any knife, large or small.”

DI McLEan added: “Any knife can kill and the risks in carrying and using weapons are plain to see from this case. We are committed to working alongside the Crown Office to bring those responsible for violent offences to justice.

“If you carry or use a knife, you will face the full force of the law and the likelihood of a significant prison sentence.

“At this time, I would like to pay tribute to the dignity shown by the family of Connor Cleave and the professionalism of my team throughout this investigation.”