Pair who left man dying on floor after violent attack jailed

Jason Mooney and Lynn Kelly were found guilty of culpable homicide after Chris Cowie died at his Dunfermline home.

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Two people who failed to help a man who lay dying in his own home following a violent attack have been jailed.

Jason Mooney, 28, and Lynn Kelly, 35, were previously found guilty of culpable homicide after Chris Cowie, 38, died at the property on Golfdrum Street, Dunfermline in the early hours of October 15, 2019.

At the High Court in Edinburgh on Wednesday, Mooney was sentenced to ten years imprisonment while Kelly was given four-and-half years for causing Mr Cowie’s death at his home on Golfdrum Street.

Mr Cowie had been socialising with friends, including Mooney and Kelly, on the evening of Monday, October 14, 2019.

But he subsequently suffered a sustained attack which left him seriously injured in his living room, pleading for help.

Mooney and Kelly failed to call for medical attention, instead leaving the property.

Mr Cowie was found dead in the early hours of the morning. Mooney and Kelly were arrested and charged in connection with his death the following day.

Detective inspector Paul Dick, senior investigating officer from Dunfermline Police Station, said: “My thoughts continue to be with Mr Cowie’s family and friends who have shown considerable strength over the past 19 months. 

“Mooney and Kelly have always failed to admit that their actions, and the level of violence used, cost Mr Cowie his life. He spent his final moments pleading for help, but the pair decided to leave him alone to suffer. 

“This was a particularly difficult crime to investigate. I would like to thank the witnesses and those who assisted police enquiries and understand that the effects of such violent events are felt by whole communities.

“Violent crime has no place in society and we continue to work hard to bring offenders to account for their crimes.”