Kevin Murray, 34, horrifically murdered 19-year-old Kirk Allan, then sent a video to his friends to show what he did.
In July 2020, police found Allan’s body on the floor of Murray’s home in Helensburgh, Argyll, Scotland, after friends reported his horrific crime. Murray struck Allan with a meat cleaver, then choked, pepper sprayed, tied up and blindfolded the teenager.
After murdering Allan, Murray recorded and sent a disturbing 45-second Snapchat video to a few contacts around 5:10 a.m. Appalled by the footage, one person immediately called the police.
Authorities found Murray walking near his home around 6:30 a.m. They confiscated his cell phone and found a black-handled meat grinder on him.
Officials say Murray was calm when he was approached, explained the video and mentioned he used pepper spray.
“PC Ross Easton said at trial: ‘We asked, ‘Who is that?’. He said: ‘It’s Kirk Allan. We were playing MMA and things got out of control. (via Planet Radio)
A friend of Allan’s reported that he showed up at her house with Murray, who was suspiciously wearing a balaclava, hours before the murder. Removing the mask, the friend was unsure if Allan should be hanging around, as the ‘evil’ expression on his face made her feel uneasy.
The friends the video was sent to were mortified and upset. And these emotions came back during the trial during which the video was replayed.
Blunt head trauma and asphyxia were the cause of Allan’s death.
Glasgow High Court Judge Lady Stacey sentenced Murray to a minimum of 19 years in prison. At a previous hearing, he reportedly tried to plead guilty to the reduced charge of culpable homicide.