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Last Updated: Monday, 11 October, 2004, 15:27 GMT 16:27 UK
Pair jailed for fatal gang attack
The court heard the death described as "savage"
Two men have each been jailed for nine years for their part in the killing of a taxi driver in his home.

Victim James Higgins, 43, was stabbed, and beaten with baseball bats and pick axe handles by a masked gang who also terrorised members of his family.

Glasgow men Michael Fairley and Thomas Rooney, both 42, had been accused of murdering Mr Higgins.

But were convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

They were given another 18 months each for breach of the peace, to be served concurrently.

The father-of -three was a victim of a feud, after a brother-in-law of killer Fairley was convicted of a sex offence against one of Mr Higgins' relatives.

You and others went in considerable numbers in dark of night with serious weapons to attack a family in their own home
Lord Dawson

Jury members were told that the taxi driver's son put leaflets about the indecent assault through letter boxes in the area.

Two other Glasgow men - David McGill, 40, and William Niven, 39 - were cleared of killing Mr Higgins, but each got 18 months for breach of the peace.

The court heard the four - along with others - burst into Mr Higgins' home, smashing windows and doors and terrifying residents including a three-year-old boy.

Judge, Lord Dawson, said the dead man had been "cruelly and savagely" stabbed to death after being dragged from his home into the back garden.

He told Rooney, of Erradale Street, and Fairley, of Balmore Road: "You and others went in considerable numbers in dark of night with serious weapons to attack a family in their own home.

"It is clear you succeeded in terrifying that family and also neighbours with the violence of your actions."


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