Killer’s le­gal bid for sen­tence to be cut re­jected

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - COURT REPORTS -

A One-eyed science fic­tion fan who re­peat­edly plunged a “vampire skull” sword into his vic­tim has lost a le­gal bid to have his sen­tence cut.

Adrian Hynd, 52, was jailed for life after be­ing con­victed last year of mur­der­ing Alexan­der Forbes with the 18-inch blade in Kirk­caldy on Jan­uary 2 2017.

The High Court in Ed­in­burgh heard how Mr Forbes, 25, suf­fered more than 100 wounds after be­ing struck with the fan­tasy weapon at Hynd’s home.

Judge Lord Ericht im­posed a min­i­mum sen­tence of 18 years on Hynd, who is serv­ing his sen­tence at Glenochil Prison in Stir­ling­shire.

Hynd’s coun­sel Mark Ste­wart QC ar­gued be­fore judges at the Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peal in Ed­in­burgh that the term im­posed on his client was too lengthy.

He said that Mr Hynd sus­tained in­juries dur­ing the in­ci­dent which were de­fen­sive in na­ture and showed that he had come un­der at­tack.

How­ever, judges Lady Dor­rian, Lord Mal­colm and Lord Men­zies re­jected Mr Ste­wart’s sub­mis­sions.

Lady Dor­rian said: “We can­not say this sen­tence was ex­ces­sive and for this rea­son the ap­peal must fall.”

The trial at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh heard that Hynd, an op­er­a­tions man­ager for a clean­ing firm, started fight­ing with Mr Forbes. He then re­peat­edly stabbed him.

A pathol­o­gist found more than 100 in­juries on Mr Forbes’ body. Tests found co­caine in the dead man’s blood and enough al­co­hol to put him at seven times the drink-driv­ing limit.

Hynd claimed he was act­ing in self-de­fence.

How­ever, jurors re­jected his claims and con­victed him of mur­der.

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