Willie Mc Keeney’s killers will serve at least 16 years

Two men who beat Donegal native William Mc Keeney to death in January have begun life sentences.

Asif Rehman and Adel Ishaq, both aged 20 were given life sentences, and will serve at least 16 years for killing labourer William McKeeney after attacking him in the street close to his Pollockshiels home

Passing sentence, Lord Uist told the two men “It is a shocking indictment of the state of our society that an innocent man should be murdered in a public street, outside his own home, in this manner.

Rehman and Ishaq, both 20, have records of violence.

Gordon Jackson QC, for Rehman, told the court the assault had not been planned. “It was a spontaneous and very horrible act that happened for no good reason.” Derek Ogg QC, said Ishaq was remorseful and said no weapon had been involved. Lord Uist retorted: “A shod foot was the weapon.”

Sentencing the killers, Lord Uist said: “You walked away, leaving him lying in the roadway in a critical condition and callously did nothing to help him.”