A DISABLED man was murdered in a horrific torture attempt to get money out of his mother’s will, broken relatives have revealed.
William Duncan, 55, suffered “hell” when he was gagged, stabbed, manhandled and choked to death by Mark McConville, 39.
And after the criminal was jailed for at least 18 years, the victim’s sister-in-law Ann Duncan, 52, said: “He’s a barbaric monster.”
One trial involved how McConville had assaulted William at his home in Shettleston, Glasgow.
The monster slit the former taxi driver’s throat with a blade, then tied him with ligatures and put a sock in his mouth.
Evil McConville also put a pillowcase over Williams’ head between January 21 and February 3 last year.
It is believed the helpless victim was carried to his bedroom while his crutches were left elsewhere – meaning he was unable to escape.
Sick relative Ann, from Gartcosh, Lanarkshire, said: “William’s mother had died a few months earlier and he was due to receive around £2,500 from the estate.
“We think he told McConville about the stroke of luck – he was desperate to make friends and was telling people about the money he had.
“But there was a delay due to bureaucracy and the money hadn’t arrived when he was killed.”
The support rep added: “We are convinced that McConville was fed up with the wait and brought William to this brutal end. His last moments must have been hell.
“William had health problems but was extremely generous. The family has been through a lifelong trauma as a result.”
Edinburgh High Court was told that police forced entry into William’s home and found his body lying face down on a bed, his wrists tied with shoelaces.
The victim’s arms were tied with cables, a string was looped around his neck, and a pillowcase was placed over his head.
A wet, blood-stained sock was also found in his mouth. Pathologists said the gag caused him to suffocate.
McConville had denied murder but was convicted by a jury last month and jailed by Judge Lord Armstrong.
He said: “I have no doubt that William’s relatives are deeply affected by this and I suspect that in their eyes no judgment will be enough.”
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