Smile for the camera killer jailed for 14 years for murdering his friend


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A killer who who mocked his victim by asking him to smile for a photograph has been nicked for life

Gary Crossan was locked up today for at least 14 years for the knock off of his friend Malcolm Wright.

The court heard that the attack was sparked by an evident row over money.

Mr Wright – who was punched, kicked and stamped  on – never healed from the horrific beating and died a few days later in hospital.

Jurors clocked footage of a laughing Crossan taunting his 56 year-old victim as he lay on the down of his home in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, on the morning of the attack.

You said those videos are not who you are, but what I am mentioning is that they are exactly who you are

Advocate depute Alan Cameron

He time again demanded: “When am I going to get my money?”.

He was also heard urging his delivered victim to smile for a picture.

Prosecutors told 31-year-old Crossan – who denied infanticide – that the videos showed “exactly who you are”.

The thug was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow after being rest guilty following a trial in Aberdeen. Lord Matthews told the court that nothing he could say would lessen the tragedy for Mr Wright’s grieving family.


Gary Crossan was fixed up today for at least 14 years for the murder of his friend Malcolm Wright

The hearing heard the men had known each other for around 10 years.

Crossan – in the first place from Greenock – moved to Peterhead after dating a woman from the burgh.

He told jurors that he only hit Mr Wright as he believed he was going to get bludgeoned first.

Crossan had offered a guilty plea to the reduced charge of culpable homicide but this was outed by prosecutors. He insisted he had not meant to kill his friend in January and was “devastated” when he expert Mr Wright had died from brain injuries.

But advocate depute Alan Cameron put to him: “You mentioned those videos are not who you are, but what I am suggesting is that they are exactly who you are.

“You demand your money, you punched him, kicked his head, stamped on his head. 

“You muscle have regretted it afterwards.

“But in that moment you did not care whether he lived or died.”

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