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Ryan Cameron jailed for killing David McCardle in Musselburgh

Ryan Cameron
Image caption Cameron was standing trial for the third time when he pled guilty to a lesser charge

A man who admitted killing a man with a metal beer keg near an East Lothian pub has been jailed for four years.

Ryan Cameron, 26, struck 40-year-old David McCardle with the barrel during an incident near the Clubhouse bar in Musselburgh on 12 August 2011.

Cameron was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow after previously admitting a charge of culpable homicide.

Cameron and co-accused Ross Tait, 22, have stood trial three times accused of murdering Mr McCardle.

Lord Stewart told Cameron that he would have been jailed for five years, but for his guilty plea.

The judge said it was clear the death had a "significant impact" on Mr McCardle's relatives.

Tait, whose not guilty plea to the murder was accepted, was jailed for 13 months after he admitted attacking another man, Derek Robertson, with a wooden pole.

The court earlier heard how the killing took place amid "a fast-moving and confusing scene" near the East Lothian bar.

Image caption Mr McCardle died from injuries he received near the Clubhouse pub

Cameron had suffered a fractured jaw and skull after being attacked by another man, who was described as an "unlicensed doorman".

Cameron then got into a fight with Mr McCardle. He grabbed a beer keg and thrust it into the victim's side, resulting in a fatal blow.

The first trial had to be halted after judge Lady Dorrian realised she knew a witness.

A second trial was cut short when Judge Sean Murphy QC discovered his wife was a distant relative, through marriage, of the victim.

The trial began again last month, before being halted when guilty pleas were entered.

Mr McCardle's brother Keith said then that the family were "disgusted" that the pleas to the lesser charges had been accepted.

He said: "We honestly cannot believe Cameron has been let off so lightly."

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