Five men have today been handed sentences amounting to more than 84 years for murdering a dad in a north-east town.
Dean Gill, known as Leech, 25, Gary Martin, 37, Thomas Martin, 45, John Henderson, 47, James Connor, 53, were found guilty of murdering 39-year-old Gary Clampett.
A sixth man Joseph Martin, 40, was found guilty of culpable homicide, and was handed a 12-year jail term.
Meanwhile, a not proven verdict was returned for the seventh accused David Graham, 46.
Judge Lord Beckett sentenced John Henderson, Gary Martin, Thomas Martin, James Connor and Dean Leech to life imprisonment and ordered them to serve a punishment part of 18 years, 20 years, 16 years, 14 years and 11 months and 16 years nine months respectively.
The judge told them that it would be up to the parole board when they will be released.
He told Gary Martin: “I consider you were the leader of this armed expedition by car.”
The judge said that Henderson was the man who stabbed Mr Clampett but added: “He could not have done this without the group overpowering Mr Clampett.
He added: “I recognise that Gary Clampett was not blameless that night.”
However, Lord Beckett praised the efforts of Sharon Clampett and her friend Rena Sutherland to help Mr Clampett that night as “selfless and courageous.”
The men showed no emotion as they were led away to begin their sentences.
Jurors began considering the verdict on Wednesday after a trial spanning several weeks at the High Court in Glasgow.
The men were accused of hitting Mr Clampett with knives, a machete, a sword, a chain, a hammer, a crowbar, a wrench, a stick, bats, golf clubs, poles and a metal bat at Fernie Place, Fraserburgh, at about 4am on June 18, last year.
Mr Clampett died after receiving a fatal stab wound to his side.
Speaking after the convictions, Detective Inspector Gary Winter of the Major Investigation Team, who led the investigation, said: “Armed with an array of deadly weapons including a bat, crowbar, chain, knives and a sword, these men all acting together launched a sickening attack on Mr Clampett, inflicting fatal injuries. They only had one intention that night and that was to cause him significant injury. This happened in front of Mr Clampett’s wife who now has to live with what she witnessed. She has also been left without her husband, their children without their father and his parents without a son.
“This was a particularly challenging investigation given the number of accused and multiple crime scenes. This successful outcome at court would not have happened if it was not for the professionalism and collaborative working of a number of agencies involved and in particular I would like to thank local officers and officers from across Scotland’s Major Investigation Teams, Scene Examiners and Forensic staff from the Scottish Police Authority, staff at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, in particular the Homicide Unit.
“I would also like to pay tribute to all involved in the trial at Glasgow High Court, in particular the Advocate Depute Paul Kearney and the jury for their service.
“I would also like to thank the members of the local community who provided vital information in connection with our investigation at the time. As a result of the support we received from the public combined with extensive forensic and CCTV work, we have now ensured that these violent individuals will be held to account for their actions that night.”
Mr Clampett’s family has also following statement through Police Scotland: “As a family we have sat through weeks of harrowing evidence which will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Gary didn’t deserve to die that night and especially in the horrendous, brutal way it happened.
“Gary was a loving and protective father and husband who was completely committed to his family and we will always cherish the time we had together. These men will never appreciate just how much they have ripped our family apart and no punishment will ever be enough for robbing us of him.”