Ayrshire Post

Killer jailed for a further nine months

Two boys charged after wrecking spree in town

- PAUL BEHAN

A killer who stabbed to death an ex-bodybuilde­r in Ayr has been jailed for an extra nine months for various offences.

Marius Bauba flouted as many as eight different court orders including a community payback order and several bail orders when he knifed Morgan Dunn, 34, at a house in the town’s Marigold Square on February 8 last year.

The 27-year-old faced a breach of the peace charge and an assault charge, among a host of offences which date from 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Bauba, of HM Prison, Kilmarnock, was not present

when sentencing took place last Wednesday at Ayr Sheriff Court due to technical problems with a video link and the current COVID-19 outbreak at the jail.

A guilty plea was issued on his behalf at an earlier hearing.

Sheriff Siobhan Connelly handed Bauba a nine-month prison sentence to run consecutiv­ely to his current nine-year jail term for the killing of Mr Dunn.

Bauba tried to dodge arrest by dyeing his hair and checking into hotels in Dumfries, Gretna and Carlisle using false names, after he killed Mr Dunn.

Police found him 11 days after the fatal attack.

Bauba initially faced a murder allegation when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow. But prosecutor­s accepted his guilty plea to the reduced charge of culpable homicide. An earlier hearing was told the men had been at the house of a mutual friend in Ayr. They did not know each other, but had posed for a photo together shortly before the killing.The pair, however, ended up arguing in the kitchen that afternoon. It was then Mr Dunn appeared to go for a knife on a worktop - but Bauba also went for the blade. Prosecutor Mark McGuire said: “Bauba got there first... a struggle ensued and he stabbed Morgan Dunn twice in the chest.”

The court heard Bauba escaped before two other people in the house discovered the stricken victim.

A 999 call was made, but Mr Dunn - who lived in Stevenston with his mum- died 40 minutes later having been stabbed in the heart. The court heard Bauba initially called a friend to meet him at a McDonald’s restaurant. This person gave him £200 before the killer contacted another man, who arranged for him to stay at a Holiday Inn in Dumfries.

But detectives were later tipped off where the killer was. He was found in his room there, but made no comment about the attack. Bauba was on the streets despite being the subject of eight bail orders from Ayr Sheriff Court - the last imposed a week before the killing.

These were for various offences. He was also serving a community payback order at the time - which he had breached - as well as awaiting sentencing for disorderly conduct and flouting bail.

Two boys have been charged following a wrecking spree on cars in Ayr.

A 13-year-old and 14-year-old will be reported to the Children’s Panel after the vehicles were targeted while parked around the town.

Furious motorists told how they were left counting the cost after their cars had been smashed up.

Ayr dad Brian Cassells discovered the window of his wife’s car had been put through in the town’s Hawkhill Avenue.

He said: “It’s just unbelievab­le that people would choose to spend their time doing this.”

And the following day angry drivers reported how their vehicles had been targeted at various locations across the town.

Ayr’s popular Redstone Inn was among those to say a vehicle outside its front door had been trashed.

Chief Inspector Brian Anderson, Area Commander at South Ayrshire, confirmed cops had picked up two lads following the crime spree.

He said: “I am aware of the distress and inconvenie­nce these crimes caused to the victims and the disgust from the wider public following media reporting of these incidents.

“Enquiries were undertaken and following a further incident of alleged theft in the town centre the boys were traced and reported.

“I would like to thank those members of the public who assisted with police enquiries following these incidents”

It’s the Burns Supper with a difference. For the first time, the Ayrshire Hospice will be streaming their annual event online with performanc­es from Ayr lad and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, and John McGill - who shot to fame on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.

And with some more weel-kent faces from Ayrshire performing the Bard’s work, it will be a fantastic night to raise money for the Ayrshire Hospice.

So far, hundreds have already signed up to the Burns Supper @ Home this Friday, February 26.

Claire Stuart-Paulin, Ayrshire Hospice senior fundraiser, said:“We are so excited to bring this unique viewing experience to our supporters, celebratin­g the works of Robert Burns from the actual spots in Ayrshire that he grew up, lived his life and took his inspiratio­n.

Claire added:“There’s still time to register for your ticket on our website, so don’t miss out.”

Supported by AMD Studios, filming has taken place at some famous sites in Alloway, Mauchline and Irvine, as well as on the stage at The Gaiety in Ayr.

You can still pick up a ticket to watch a night celebratin­g the work of Ayrshire’s most famous son and support the hospice for just £10.

Check out the line-up of entertaine­rs and purchase your ticket at www. ayrshireho­spice.org

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Morgan Dunn
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One of the vandalised cars
Trashed One of the vandalised cars
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Jail McDowall
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