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Asif Rehman and Adel Ishaq guilty of William McKeeney murder

Asif Rehman and Adel Ishaq
Asif Rehman and Adel Ishaq denied murdering William McKeeney

Two men have been convicted of murdering a 57-year-old outside his home in the south side of Glasgow.

Asif Rehman, 20, and Adel Ishaq, 19, attacked William McKeeney in Melville Street, Pollokshields, on 15 January.

Mr McKeeney, who was originally from Malin Head in Donegal, Ireland, later died at the city's Victoria Infirmary.

Rehman and Ishaq, who denied the murder charge against them, face mandatory life terms when they are sentenced at a later date.

During the trial at the High Court in Kilmarnock, the jury was told that Mr McKeeney was attacked while making his way home from a nearby pub.

'Very battered'

His partner Annemarie Newlands, 48, said she had been watching out for him from a window of the flat they shared in Melville Street.

She told the court that she had seen "two Asian men stamping on something".

William McKeeney
William McKeeney was originally from Donegal in Ireland

After they left the scene, Ms Newlands said she was able to see a dark shape which she thought was a person.

When she ran outside she realised the dark object was her partner, Mr McKeeney.

She told the court: "He was very battered and the side of his face was all swollen."

The trial also heard from Ishaq's friend, 19-year-old Imran Khan.

He said Rehman had warned him during a phone call that they had just "splattered" someone outside his house.

Speaking outside court, Mr McKeeney's niece Kathleen Gallagher said: "Today marks the end of the trial for Willie's murder. It does not end the pain or the loss that we as a family feel, that will never end.

"Willie was a gentleman, always up for a good time. He was not just a brother, a partner or an uncle, he was a best friend, a mate. We'd like to thank the quick acting Strathclyde police department who were helpful and supportive to Willie's family both in Ireland and in the United States.

"We would also like to thank the Scottish Ambulance Service and the medical staff at the Victoria Infirmary who worked on Willie. We'd also like to thank the advocate depute and jurors for the giving of their time.

"The loss of his life will continue to leave an emptiness in all of us. As we leave this court today, we feel that the punishment these men will receive will not be enough however we hope that these proceedings will stop this from happening to another family."

Following Rehman and Ishaq's convictions, procurator fiscal John Dunn said: "William McKeeney was an innocent man on his way home when he had the misfortune to run into Asif Rehman and Adel Ishaq.

"Minutes later and in a totally brutal and unprovoked attack, he was beaten so viciously and severely that he would never recover. His murder has shocked the local community.

"I hope that today's verdict will bring some closure for Mr McKeeney's family, who have had to deal with the effects of this tragic event. I cannot imagine the mental anguish they have suffered because of these men."

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