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Four guilty of shooting businessman at Edinburgh casino

Imran Sakur, Francis McGlone, Craig Kelbie and Jamie Robertson
Imran Sakur, Francis McGlone, Craig Kelbie and Jamie Robertson

Four men have been convicted of plotting to kill a businessman who was shot in the head as he left a casino.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Tony Demarco, 63, still had a bullet lodged in his cheek and was lucky to alive after the attack in June 2008.

Imran Sakur, 35, Jamie Robertson, 25, Craig Kelbie, 35, and Francis McGlone, 39, were all found guilty of conspiracy to murder and attempted murder.

They are due to be sentenced on 9 February.

Sakur, from Broughty Ferry in Tayside, was found guilty of organising the assassination after the court heard he owed Mr Demarco money.

As I went to open my car door I heard a bang and felt a thud behind my ear, my right ear
Tony Demarco

Jurors were told that Mr Demarco, who ran a sandwich bar and acted as a property agent, was targeted by Jamie Robertson and Francis McGlone, both from Paisley, as he left the Gala Maybury Casino in the west of Edinburgh on 3 June 2008.

Mr Demarco said he had gone to the casino that night to try to patch up a row between Sakur and another man over a business deal which had gone wrong.

The court was told that the plot to murder Mr Demarco began in April 2008 when Sakur approached Craig Kelbie, from Dundee, about recruiting others to make the hit.

He then approached Robertson and McGlone to carry out the murder in return for payment.

Gala Maybury Casino
Mr Demarco was shot outside the Gala Maybury Casino

The jury heard how the pair took a gun to the casino where Robertson pulled the trigger.

During proceedings, Mr Demarco, from Danderhall, Midlothian, told jurors the bullet used to try to kill him was still lodged in his cheek and could not be removed because it was so close to his carotid artery and important nerves.

He described being gunned down as he returned to his car.

He said: "As I went to open my car door I heard a bang and felt a thud behind my ear, my right ear.

"I turned. I tried to get away from the pain while clutching my head, then walked round the car to the pavement. I thought I had been assaulted."

Det Insp Bobby Deas, of Lothian and Borders Police, who led the investigation, said: "These individuals were engaged in a cold-blooded conspiracy to murder, and it is clear by their actions that they are dangerous men, with little regard for the sanctity of human life."



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