A Dundee man has been jailed for life for the brutal murder of a father of two in his own home.
Matthew Pope, 22, will serve a minimum of 17 and a half years for killing Michael Given.
He was told by trial judge Lord Armstrong he had been convicted of “an obscenely violent attack” when 29-year-old Mr Given was unable to defend himself.
The judge said: “Having attacked him once in the evening you returned to inflict more violence.”
Mr Given’s family, who were at the court High Court in Edinburgh for today’s sentencing, told The Courier they welcomed the length of the jail term.
Pope subjected Michael Given to two brutal assaults leaving him lying in a pool of blood on the living room floor of his Lochee home.
He had rained punches and kicks on him and hit him on the head with a nail-studded piece of wood.
He had denied murdering Mr Given at Elders Court on July 21 last year, by repeatedly punching, kicking and stamping on his head and body and striking him repeatedly with a piece of wood with nails protruding.
He had also denied two separate assault charges.
However, he was found guilty by a jury following a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen.
For more reaction to today’s sentence, see Wednesday’s Courier or try our digital edition.