A Barry main who murdered his friend in Scotland after driving up from their homes in Barry has been jailed for life.
Kieran Davies, 28, from Barry , was sentenced to a minimum term of 19 years behind bars at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday (24th August).
The defendant and his friend and victim Ashley Hawkins has been staying in a flat the Scottish capital, having driven to the address, which was owned by a relative of Mr Hawkins, also from Barry.
At around 5.30am on December 2nd last year neighbours reported to police hearing a disturbance within the property where Davies and Mr Hawkins was staying.
When police officers arrived they discovered Mr Hawkins had sustained a number of significant injuries to his head and body while Davies was partially-clothed and bloodied. Mr Hawkins was later pronounced dead at the scene.
It was later established that Davies killed Mr Hawkins after repeatedly stamping on him, kicking him and striking him to the head and body with a hammer and metal pole.
Davies was charged with murder but denied the offence but he was convicted by a jury at a trial in July.
Speaking following the sentencing Detective Inspector Stuart Alexander, from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation team, said: “The horrific level of violence inflicted upon Ashley by someone who was supposedly his friend resulted in him sustaining serious and significant injuries, which he could not recover from.
“It was established during the early stages of the inquiry that Kieran Davies was responsible for the attack yet he refused to acknowledge his actions and showed no remorse throughout interview or our investigation.
“Having put Ashley’s family through the ordeal of a trial I hope they can now take some comfort that the male responsible for their loved one’s death is set to spend a considerable amount of time in prison.
“The length of Davies’ sentence reflects the joint commitment of Police Scotland and the Crown Office in bringing violent offenders to justice and removing them from our communities.