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Murder thugs caged for life; Victim kicked to death.


Four men have been caged for life after kicking a young dad to death.

Derek Sweet, 26, died after they jumped him and kicked his head "like a ball".

He was killed just two weeks after the birth of his daughter.

Terry Collins, 22, his brother Stuart, 17, John Watson, 19, all of Kirkcaldy, Fife, and Kabasele Kabalu, 21, of Methil, were found guilty of murder at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Lord Caplan told them it was a "vicious and merciless attack".

He recommended that Stuart Collins should stay behind bars for at least 10 years.

A three-week trial heard how trouble flared after Derek and Terry Collins got into trouble and were thrown out of an ex- servicemen's club in Burntisland in July.

Later, the four accused pounced on Derek near the town's police station.

He was kicked until he was unconscious and died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.

Gerard Moynihan, prosecuting, said Derek's head was "treated like a ball" by his attackers.

Two co-accused, John O'Donnell, 22, and Steven Keir, 22, both of Kirkcaldy, were charged with murder but found guilty of assault.

They were each given eight months in jail but the sentence was backdated and they were freed immediately.

Yesterday, the victim's girlfriend and daughter Camorryn, who's now five months old, spent the day with Derek's parents.

Dad Gary, 48, said it had been hard to enjoy Christmas.

He added: "I'm just so sad Derek's wee girl is going to grow up without a dad."
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Author:Ellin, Tony
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 26, 1997
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