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Brothers admit killing East Kilbride referee

David Linning
Mr Linning was found dead in his East Kilbride home

Two brothers have admitted killing a local football referee in Lanarkshire because they believed he had assaulted their mother.

Christopher Abraham, 26, and Robert Abraham, 20, attacked 65-year-old David Linning at his home in Vancouver Drive, East Kilbride, last December.

He was punched, kicked and slashed on the face with a knife.

The brothers, who are the sons of former Radio Clyde presenter Mr Abie, will be sentenced next month.

At the High Court in Glasgow they pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of Mr Linning, who died from blood inhalation.

The court heard that his body was not found until two days after the attack when a friend came to collect him to referee a football match in the town.

Prosecutor Ashley Edwards said the brothers' mother, Jennifer Abraham, had been living with Mr Linning.

My dad had a heart of gold and would give you his last 10 pence
Billy Linning
Victim's son

On 9 December last year the 65-year-old told Mrs Abraham that he could no longer cope with her drinking and ordered her to leave his home.

The following day she returned to collect her clothing. Mrs Abraham, who was drunk, slipped and fell outside her friend Jane Reilly's home, cutting her face.

She sent a text message to her estranged husband Robert Abraham, whose stage name was Mr Abie, saying she had a sore face.

The prosecutor said that the accused had interpreted this message as meaning that Mr Linning had assaulted their mother.

The court heard that Christopher and Robert Abraham spoke to Ms Reilly, who told them their mother had fallen and hurt her face.

She also told them that Mr Linning had put their mother out of his house.

Murder boast

The brothers then asked Ms Reilly to drive them to the referee's home and wait for them.

After about 10 minutes they came back and told her he was not there.

When the pair later met their mother she told them she had not been assaulted by Mr Linning.

The court heard that at this point Robert Abraham began crying and his brother started banging his head against a wall.

The next day Christopher Abraham boasted to a friend: "I could have murdered somebody for all I know."

Judge Lady Stacey deferred sentence until next month for background reports.

Mr Linning, 65, is survived by his five children, 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

His son Billy Linning, 37, who serves with the Royal Logistics Corps, said: "My dad had a heart of gold and would give you his last 10 pence.

"If you had nothing and he had something he would make sure you wouldn't go without."



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