One of the men convicted of murdering an Aberdeen offshore worker has been found dead in prison.
The body of Steven Dickie was discovered by prison officers at HMP Perth yesterday.
His death comes as accomplices Tasmin Glass and Callum Davidson failed in their bids to have their sentences reduced for their involvement in Steven Donaldson’s violent death in June last year.
The pair had complained the jail sentences imposed on them were excessive, but their legal challenges were rejected by judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh yesterday.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Prison Service said: “Steven Alexander Dickie, 24, a prisoner, at HMP Perth has died.
“He was convicted at Edinburgh Court on 30 May 2019.
“Police Scotland have been advised and the matter reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
“A fatal accident inquiry will be held in due course.”
In May this year, Dickie was given a life sentence and expected to serve a minimum of 23 years for murdering the 27-year-old oil worker.
Together with Davidson, Dickie had assaulted Mr Donaldson at a car park in Kirriemuir before driving him, seriously injured, to the RSPB Kinnordy Loch nature reserve where they continued their attack.
He was dragged back across the car park and placed under the front of his car which was torched, and then collapsed on to the victim’s legs.
Evidence showed Mr Donaldson was struck with a bladed weapon that had severed his spinal cord. Davidson was convicted of murder and jailed for a minimum of 24 years.
Dickie had been in a relationship with Mr Donaldson’s ex-girlfriend Tasmin Glass at the time of the attack. Glass was sentenced to 10 years on a charge of culpable homicide for her part in the death of the Arbroath man she said is the father of her child.
Dickie had lodged an intent to appeal his sentence but opted not to pursue it. A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “As with all deaths in custody there will be an independent investigation undertaken by the Crown Office and a Fatal Accident Inquiry.”