Three guilty of William Faulds murder at Hogganfield park
Three people have been convicted of the brutal murder of a man at a bonfire night gathering in a Glasgow park.
Steven Evans, 28, Christopher Harrison, 20, and 16-year-old Daniel Harrison, stabbed William Faulds 10 times at Hogganfield Park on 5 November 2011.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that the attack, in Ruchazie, almost sliced the 31-year-old victim's heart in two.
Judge Lord Bonomy told the men they would be jailed for life and said he would impose minimum terms in November.
The trial was told Evans had been at the bonfire gathering with his partner and two children before leaving and going to a house with cousins Christopher and Daniel Harrison for something to eat.Faces covered
The men then returned to the bonfire night with their faces covered and launched the attack - with another person - on Mr Faulds.
Earlier that night Christopher Harrison offered Mr Faulds' friend William Bendoris £1000 to slash him.
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You have been convicted of a vicious killing carried out with monstrous brutality and ferocity”
Mr Bendoris and another man, William Lindsay, saw the men as they ran across the park towards Mr Faulds, who was standing with his friends.
Mr Bendoris told how he heard girls screaming and saw Mr Faulds with Evans, and the Harrison cousins on top of him.
He ran over and kicked one of them in an attempt to get them off and recognised Christopher and Daniel Harrison.
Mr Lindsay told the jury he recognised all three men as they attacked Mr Faulds.
He said his friend "looked lifeless" when he saw him immediately after the attack.
Pathologists said the victim, who was known as Billy, had his heart almost sliced in two as knife blows rained down on him.Blood loss
The court was told Mr Faulds suffered a massive loss of blood and he may have been dead before he hit the ground.
Jurors heard how the attackers then each tried to cover their tracks by lying to police.
In his interview with officers, Evans told them he was in bed by 23:00 and answered with "no comment" when asked further questions.
He did not tell them he had gone out with Christopher Harrison in friend Kieran Higgins' car.
Harrison said he had gone out with his friend alone and they went for a drive.
Mr Higgins, however, said he picked them both up from Harrison's house and they were talking about what they had done.
Christopher Harrison bragged they had "gave him it" and told Evans that it would be okay.
He told Mr Higgins they had stabbed a man named Billy and that he did not know him. Evans also commented they were going to "get done for it".
Daniel Harrison claimed he went to another house with a relative when in fact he was part of the attack.
He was spotted by a friend not long after when the attack took place near the scene, wearing the same tracksuit he was seen in earlier.
After the three majority guilty verdict were read out in court, Mr Faulds' family members cheered and clapped in the public gallery. One woman was detained by police in court.
Lord Bonomy told the trio: "You have been convicted of a vicious killing carried out with monstrous brutality and ferocity and for that you will know that inevitably I am bound to pass a form of sentence that will result in your detention for life."
The three men will find out in November how long they must serve before being eligible to apply for parole.