A man and a woman have each been jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of murdering Motherwell man Mark Donnelly.
Martin MacMaikan (28), of Crofthead Crescent, Bellshill, and Amanda Cook (22), of Manse Avenue, Coatbridge, were found guilty after a three-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow.
They were also convicted of attempting to destroy evidence by washing and disposing of bloodstained clothing.
Mr Donnelly (27) was originally from Bellshill but latterly lived in Muirhouse Tower, Motherwell.
The court heard he died after being punched, kicked and stamped on at a car park in Coatbridge on May 26 this year.
MacMaikan and Mr Donnelly were said to have been ‘lifelong and best friends’. The pair were with Cook at waste ground when a fight broke out.
MacMaikan admitted punching and kicking Mr Donnelly, but said he left the scene and at that point Mr Donnelly was still on his feet. The only other person there was Cook. MacMaikan said when he returned a short time later Mr Donnelly was lying on the ground ‘groaning’.
The killers left him lying there and his body was found the next day.
After the attack MacMaikan and Cook got a taxi to the home of Cook’s mum in Bellshill. Bizarrely, Cook had ben wearing pyjamas, but these were bloodstained and she changed into other clothes before leaving Coatbride.
The pyjamas were found in a bag behind a shop. Pieces of Mr Donnelly’s mobile phone were also recovered.
MacMaikan later went to his mother’s home where he put his bloodstained clothes into the washing machine.