Eight on trial accused of killing North-east man with knives, machete, sword, chain, hammer, crowbar, wrench, stick, bats, golf clubs, poles and a metal bat

Police at the scene at Fernie Place in Fraserburgh

Eight men have gone on trial charged with murdering a dad in a North-east town by hitting him with a number of weapons – including a machete and a hammer.

They went on trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of murdering 39-year-old Gary Clampett in Fraserburgh.

John Henderson, 47, Gary Martin, 37, Joseph Martin 40, Thomas Martin, 45, David Graham, 46, Barry Martin, 32, James Connor, 52, and Dean Leech, 25, appeared in the dock yesterday before trial judge Lord Beckett.

They are accused of killing Mr Clampett by hitting him with knives, a machete, a sword, a chain, a hammer, a crowbar, a wrench, a stick, bats, golf clubs, poles and a metal bat on June 18 last year.

The men deny murdering Mr Clampett.

Police and paramedics had been called out to Fernie Place at about 4am on June 18 last year, but Mr Clampett died at the scene.

A major investigation was launched after Mr Clampett’s death, with the cul-de-sac sealed off as forensics officers examined the area.

The team, clad in white body suits, gloves and masks, could be seen going in and out of two properties.

Officers also carried out door-to-door inquiries as well as appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

It is believed Mr Clampett had moved to the North-east more than two years ago to be with family and to set up his handyman business.

The trial continues.