The charges against the two men accused of the murder of a former soldier are "truly horrific", a prosecution lawyer has told a court.
Daniel Hutcheson's body was dismembered
Advocate-depute Norman Ritchie used his closing speech to tell the jury that Christopher Hutcheson, 23, and Andrew Ferguson, 19, both confessed to the killing before showing the victim's body to a friend.
Mr Ritchie said this joint admission proved that they were "acting together".
Both men are on trial in the High Court in Glasgow accused of murdering Daniel
Hutcheson, a cousin of Christopher, at a flat in Woodville Street, Glasgow, on
November 30, 2001.
Body in the bath
Mr Ritchie told the jury that Hutcheson strangled Daniel with a rope as
Ferguson looked on.
But afterwards Ferguson helped Hutcheson put the body into a bath to "make sure he
Both men allegedly admitted to their friend Derek Scanlon the following day that they
had killed Daniel before showing him the body.
Describing the exchange, Mr Ritchie said: "Scanlon was told by Christopher
Hutcheson 'we murdered Daniel'.
"Ferguson was there and he heard what Hutcheson said.
"Scanlon's reaction was that he did not believe him (Hutcheson).
"But Ferguson then said 'Aye, we did'.
"This is a crucial part of the Crown case."
Mr Ritchie said Scanlon was then shown the body in the bath before it was
The advocate-depute said Ferguson had "tailored his evidence to suit his own
He added: "Andrew Ferguson sat in an armchair and watched a man on his knees
in front of him being strangled."
Mr Ritchie told the jury it was not a crime to do nothing but he said Ferguson
could not be relied upon to provide a truthful account of what had happened.
He also said that the events after Daniel was strangled were significant.
Mr Ritchie told the court: "He was put in the bath by both of them to make
sure that he was dead.
"From the joint confession to Derek Scanlon and the display of the body, they
were acting together in this."
From the joint confession to Derek Scanlon and the display of the body, they were acting together in this
Norman Ritchie, prosecuting
Mr Ritchie described the charges in the case as "truly horrific".
Hutcheson, a prisoner in Glenochil jail near Alloa, is also accused of
murdering homeless John Mitchell by pushing him off a bridge near Strathaven,
Lanarkshire, in September 2001.
He denies both murder charges as well as charges of assault, supplying
drugs, attempted murder, extortion and breach of the peace.
Hutcheson and Ferguson also deny attempting to defeat the ends of justice by
cutting up Daniel Hutcheson's body, burning his head and limbs and scattering
the remains around the Glasgow area.
Ferguson, a prisoner in Barlinnie jail, Glasgow, denies further charges of
supplying drugs, attempted murder, assault and breach of the peace.
He has lodged a special defence claiming he was acting under coercion.
The case continues.