Vam­pire sword killer to ap­peal life sen­tence

Sci-fi fan wants verdict over­turned

Daily Record - - NEWS - ALAN McEWEN alan.mcewen@trin­i­tymir­

A ONE-EYED sci-fi fa­natic who stabbed a gang­ster to death with a “vam­pire” sword is ap­peal­ing against his mur­der con­vic­tion. Adrian Hynd, 52, was given a life sen­tence last month and or­dered to serve at least 18 years for the bru­tal slay­ing of gang­land en­forcer Alex Forbes. Hynd plunged an 18-inch or­na­men­tal blade into Forbes, 25, hours af­ter meet­ing him for the first time in a pub. Now the dad of two – who claimed he acted in self-de­fence – is mak­ing a bid for free­dom af­ter his lawyers lodged an ap­peal.

Hynd is also ap­peal­ing against the length of his sen­tence.

Forbes was found ly­ing in the liv­ing room of Hynd’s flat in Kirk­caldy in Jan­uary with the sword still stick­ing out of his mu­ti­lated body.

The trial at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh heard Hynd’s flat was dec­o­rated with Star Trek mem­o­ra­bilia and an axe from Lord of the Rings.

Hynd claimed Forbes had seized a sword with a vam­pire de­sign in its hilt from a dis­play stand and at­tacked him, be­fore he wres­tled it from him and killed him. A pathol­o­gist found more than 100 in­juries on Forbes’s body – 10 of them stab wounds.

Sen­tenc­ing Hynd at the High Court in Glas­gow, judge Lord Ericht said: “The jury re­jected self-de­fence. You com­mit­ted a bru­tal, bloody mur­der.”

An ap­peal court spokesman said: “Adrian Hynd has lodged an ap­peal against con­vic­tion and sen­tence.”

WEAPON The vam­pire sword

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