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Taxi driver Stephen Nolan jailed for Ebrahim Nekoo murder

Stephen Nolan
Image caption Stephen Nolan had denied murdering Ebrahim Aryaie Neko

A cab driver has been jailed for life after murdering a fellow taxi driver at an Edinburgh park.

Stephen Nolan, 48, from Edinburgh, had denied chasing and murdering Ebrahim Aryaei Nekoo, 41, with his black cab in Saughton Park on 24 March 2012.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Nolan was told he will have to serve at least 15 years before he can apply for parole.

A post-mortem examination found that Mr Nekoo suffered a broken skull, 40 rib fractures and a smashed pelvis.

A Vauxhall Zafira, which he used as a private hire taxi, was parked nearby with the lights still on when he was found.

Passing sentence, judge Lady Wise told Nolan: "Nothing can be said today that will alleviate in any way the immeasurable loss that the family of Mr Nekoo has suffered."

Tyre tracks

She added: "The evidence showed that at no time did you apply the brakes, not even after you ran over Mr Nekoo.

"The jury clearly rejected your claims to the police that Ebrahim Nekoo came at you with a knife and that he ended up under your car by accident."

Jurors at the High Court in Edinburgh were shown tyre tracks which prosecutors claimed showed how Mr Nekoo was chased by Stephen Nolan, who was driving his black cab.

Pathologist Dr Clare Bryce said Mr Nekoo's injuries were consistent with being run over by a vehicle.

Widow Mobina Jafari, 32, who has gone back to Iran to live since her husband's death, was in court when the unanimous guilty verdict was returned last month.

Nolan did not give evidence but defence QC Donald Findlay said Mr Aryaei Nekoo went to Saughton Park for "a physical confrontation."

Mr Findlay said: "He does express genuine and profound contrition for the part he knows he played in the death of Mr Nekoo, because he was the driver of the car which went over him and took his life."

Det Insp Stuart Houston, of Police Scotland, said: "While nothing can undo the pain and suffering Mr Nekoo's family have endured, it is my sincere hope that they have now gained some closure and can begin to move forward from this ordeal.

"Officers carried out extensive enquiries into this incident and built a significant case against Nolan, which was vindicated with last month's conviction."

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