Pub customer killed by man who hit him with beer keg in attack

Death: Mr McCardle died after sustaining serious head injuries in the disturbance last Friday.
David McCardle: The pub customer died after being struck with the beer keg.

A killer hit a pub customer with a beer keg in an attack outside a bar in East Lothian.

Ryan Cameron struck David McCardle with the barrel following an incident near to the Clubhouse bar in Musselburgh last August.

Cameron was jailed for four years at the High Court in Glasgow after admitting to the culpable homicide of the 40-year-old.

The 26-year-old killer and co-accused Ross Tait, 22, had previously stood trial three times accused of murdering Mr McCardle. Tait, whose not guilty plea to the murder was accepted, was sentenced to 13 months in prison after he admitted attacking another man, Derek Robertson, with a wooden pole in the fight.

Lord Stewart said it was clear the death of Mr McCardle had a "significant impact" on his relatives.

The court earlier heard how the killing occurred amid "a fast moving and confusing scene" near to the East Lothian bar.

Cameron had got into a fight with Mr McCardle and the accused grabbed a beer keg before thrusting into the victim's side resulting in a fatal blow.

Cameron had earlier suffered a fractured jaw and skull himself after he was said to have been attacked by Steven Lindsay, described as an "unlicensed doorman" at the pub on August 12, 2011.

A first trial had to be halted after the then judge Lady Dorrian realised she knew a witness, while a second one was cut short when Judge Sean Murphy QC discovered his wife was a distant relative through marriage of the victim.

The case went ahead again last month before guilty pleas were entered.

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