Innersane 3

Guest 39 14th Jan, 2020

                         Heavily intoxicated Liam Hay was on a five-day drug binge. His reckless behavior made him kill an innocent   51-year-old Anthony McGladrigan in Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire, in June last year.

The unfortunate incident occurred when Mr McGladrigan let one of the drug abuser's friends take refuge. He did this to help him from being killed, as Liam was after him. Hay found his whereabouts and eventually reached there. He forcefully entered the house and cruelly stabbed Mr. McGladrigan multiple times. Fiona, the victim's wife,  tried to save Anthony, but he later died in hospital.

Earlier that morning, Liam's friend Austen Smith tried waking him up. To his horror, Liam got up, held a baseball bat in his hand and said that he "wanted a word" with Smith.

Austen was baffled and he immediately ran outside. Liam was constantly shouting threats at Smith, and eventually banged repeatedly  on McGladrigan's door. Anthony who worked at the Sandman Signature Hotel was in bed after finishing a night shift in the hotel. 

The farmworker was given a life sentence at the High Court in Glasgow after admitting murder.

The judge, Lady Stacey, described the killing as "shocking" and "incredible".Relatives said Mr. McGladrigan would put his needs aside to help anyone - and it was "beyond tragic" that this had led to his death.

The court previously heard how farm worker Hay and friends had been bingeing on drink and drugs at various places between 21 June and 26 June - the day of the killing.They had taken cocaine and the stimulant M-Cat. Hay was described as "tripping", with his behaviour "increasingly strange".

Early on the morning of the murder, Hay's friend Austen Smith tried to wake him. He got up, but grabbed a baseball bat and said he "wanted a word" with him.

Mr Smith immediately ran out of the house as Hay shouted threats at him, and eventually banged on the door of the McGladrigan family.Mr McGladrigan - who worked at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Aberdeen - had been in bed with his wife, shortly after finishing a shift.

He let Mr Smith in and allowed him to hide in the bathroom, while shouting to his wife: "Stay in the room. He says he is being chased by someone with a bat."

However, bare-footed Hay tried to open the door to the house.

Mr McGladrigan said to him: "No, I am not letting you in. Calm down - put the baseball bat down."

Hay instead used the weapon to smash glass and force his way in. It is not known exactly what happened, but Hay appeared to have grabbed a knife from the victim's home.

Mr McGladrigan shouted: "Oh my God, are you crazy? I have been stabbed."He went on to claim he had sobered up, but could not remember anything. On initially being charged, he said: "What? No way. Honestly?"

Defence counsel Ian Duguid said: "His perception of what took place around him that night is entirely divorced from reality."

Relatives of Mr McGladrigan said in a statement: "We would like to thank you for the outpouring of love, support and kind words about Anthony - reading these comments have been a huge comfort to us all and we are all very grateful for them.

"In the darkness of our grief they are the light at the end of our tunnel.

"It is quite overwhelming realising just how much Anthony affected everyone who met him; his pure, infectious love of life and laughter inspired us all - it's wonderful to know that we weren't the only ones.

"As a family we are so proud of him. He would do anything for you and would put his needs aside to help anyone; it is beyond tragic that this led to his death."

David Green, procurator fiscal for major crime and homicide, said: "Liam Hay carried out a violent, unprovoked attack on a complete stranger in his own home.

"Anthony McGladrigan was an innocent man who had given refuge to someone who asked for help and his family have been left devastated by his death."
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