Pair jailed after brutal attack left Fife man dying on his own living room floor

Two people have been jailed after failing to help a Fife man who lay dying in his own home following a brutal attack.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 4:41 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 4:43 pm
Jason Mooney, inset, and Lynn Kelly were on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Chris Cowie, 38, was found dead in his house in Golfdrum Street, Dunfermline in the early hours of Tuesday, 15 October, 2019.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Jason Mooney, 28, and Lynn Kelly, 35, were sentenced to 10 years and four and a half years in prison respectively, having been found guilty by a jury of his culpable homicide in March 2021.

Mr Cowie had been socialising with friends, including Mooney and Kelly, within his home on the Monday evening.

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He suffered a sustained attack and was left seriously injured within his living room by Mooney and Kelly, who failed to get medical help for him and left the address.

Mooney and Kelly were arrested and charged in connection with his death the following day.

Detective Inspector Paul Dick, Senior Investigating Officer from Dunfermline Police Station said: “My thoughts continue to be with Mr Cowie’s family and friends who have shown considerable strength over the past 19 months.

“Mooney and Kelly have always failed to admit that their actions, and the level of violence used, cost Mr Cowie his life.

"He spent his final moments pleading for help, but the pair decided to leave him alone to suffer.

“This was a particularly difficult crime to investigate.

"I would like to thank the witnesses and those who assisted police enquiries and understand that the effects of such violent events are felt by whole communities.

"Violent crime has no place in society and we continue to work to bring offenders to account.”