The defence for a man accused of murdering a North-east dad has urged a jury to acquit him.
QC Donald Findlay was addressing the jury during the trial of John Henderson, 47, Gary Martin, 37, Joseph Martin, 40, Thomas Martin, 45, David Graham, 46, James Connor, 52, and Dean Leech, 25, who deny murdering Gary Clampett.
It is alleged they hit him with knives, a machete, sword, chain, hammer, crowbar, wrench, stick, bats, golf clubs, poles and a metal bat at Fernie Place, Fraserburgh, on June 18, last year.
Mr Findlay urged the jury to acquit his client Gary Martin of murder, and told the jury John Henderson was responsible for the death of 39-year-old Mr Clampett.
The court has heard the fatal blow was a knife wound to his side and Mr Clampett died from blood loss.
Mr Findlay said: “Mr Clampett died. He is dead because Mr Henderson killed him, there is no doubt about that.”
The QC said: “It is for you to decide whether that was murder or culpable homicide.
“Unfortunately John Henderson killed Gary Clampett. He killed him because he took a knife and killed him.”
Mr Findlay told the jury that did not mean everyone who was at the incident in Fernie Place was responsible for his death.
He added: “Gary Martin accepts that he was there when violent acts were committed. But he is not responsible in law for the death of Gary Clampett.”
In evidence earlier in the trial Gary Martin said he did not know Henderson had a knife in his possession that night.
Mr Findlay said the fight was part of an ongoing feud and added the incident was “if not instigated by the Clampetts, was certainly being actively pursued by the Clampetts”.
He added: “If John Henderson had not taken a knife then Gary Clampett would have lived to seek revenge another day and doubtless would have done so.
“I don’t ask you to condone lawless behaviour. These two sides have been brawling with each other for God knows how long.”
The trial continues.