Three people who murdered a 46-year-old man after inviting him to a party in Glenrothes, have been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 18 years before being considered for parole, at the High Court in Glasgow today (Friday).
At an earlier hearing Kevin McDonagh (23), Paris Green (22), and Dean Smith (20), all from the Glenrothes area, were found guilty of murdering local man Robert Shankland in the town’s Brodie Court, in March this year.
Mr Shankland had been invited to the address, occupied by Green, with whom he had been friends.
During the course of the evening and into the early hours of the following morning, all three attacked him and left him in a room, where he was later found dead.
They then made efforts to cover up their crime, but on telling others, the police were called and found Mr Shankland dead, with the three still within the flat.
Following this discovery, a major investigation was launched and all three were later charged with murder.
Detective Chief Inspector David McLaren, who led the investigation, welcomed today’s sentence.
He said: “Robert Shankland was invited to a house which he thought was a safe place for him amongst people he had regarded as friends.
“McDonagh, Green and Smith carried out a violent and sexual attack on Mr Shankland and even after his death they made efforts to try and distance themselves from their wicked actions.
“I hope today’s sentencing will allow Robert’s family to begin to move on from this terrible episode and the fact that the individuals responsible for his death, who will spend a considerable period of time in prison, offers them some comfort.
“I would also like to thank the witnesses who came forward in this case, in particular the person who initially alerted the police, as without their swift actions this may have resulted in the family of Robert Shankland being left without answers to what had happened.”