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Family of murdered Aberdeenshire father pay tribute to the “best of men” after killer handed life sentence

Monday January 13th 2020 at 12:30 PM

A man has been sentenced to a minimum of nearly two decades behind bars for murdering an innocent father in Aberdeenshire.

Anthony McGladrigan’s family paid tribute to an “amazing” man.

Liam Hay was on a five-day drink and drug binge when he stabbed Anthony McGladrigan nine times at the victim’s home in Cuminestown in June last year.

The 20-year-old was chasing a friend who sought refuge in the 51-year-old’s house.

Hay instead turned on the hotel worker who shouted to his wife Fiona: “Oh my god… I have been stabbed”.

Mr McGladrigan, who was an employee of the  Sandman Signature hotel in Aberdeen, died as a result of his injuries.

Hay previously plead guilty to the murder and at the High Court in Glasgow today, Lady Stacey handed him a life sentence, with a minimum of 19 years, branding the killing as “shocking”.

She said: “I suspect what you did makes no sense to anyone.

“I know that, by your actions, you have deprived Mr McGladrigan’s family. He was a man who had much to offer.

“I know from statements from his family that he is sorely missed.

“Mr McGladrigan was the sort of person who tried to help others, if he could.

“He let your friend in and, in so doing, he ended up losing his life, as you followed.”

Hay’s QC, Ian Duguid, told the court: “His perception of what took place around him that night is entirely divorced from reality.”

Mr McGladrigan’s family released a statement through the police thanking people for their outpouring of “love, support and kind words”.

They said: “It is quite overwhelming realising just how much Anthony affected everyone who met him; his pure, infectious love of life and laughter inspired us all – it’s wonderful to know that we weren’t the only ones.

“There are not enough words to capture just how amazing Anthony was, he was the best of men: honest and true, his passion for life knew no bounds – as a family we are so proud of him. He would do anything for you and would put his needs aside to help anyone; it is beyond tragic that this led to his death.

They also thanked the police for their “supreme diligence” in collecting “every shred of evidence required to bring the case to justice”.

They continued: “We would like to thank V.I.A and Victim Support both in Aberdeen and Glasgow, the kindness and immense support they have shown the whole family are truly appreciated. Everyone involved in this case has always shown tremendous professionalism whilst being so thoughtful and sensitive every step of the way.

“We are acutely aware that justice for Anthony can never be found but the dedication; commitment and every act of kindness and support shown, are in their way, a measure of justice for us all.”

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