The family of a man who was murdered by a drug-fuelled stranger in his own home have paid tribute to his “infectious love of life”.
Anthony McGladrigan, 51, was stabbed nine times by Liam Hay, who was chasing a man who turned up at his home pleading for help.
Hay, 20, smashed his way into the house in Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire, before knifing the stranger.
McGladrigan’s wife dialled 999 and desperately tried to help, but her husband couldn’t be saved.
Hay was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 19 years at the High Court in Glasgow on Monday.
His victim’s family have now thanked those who offered them support.
In a statement released through Police Scotland, they said: “We would like to thank you for the outpouring of love, support and kind words about Anthony – reading these comments have been a huge comfort to us all and we are all very grateful for them.
“In the darkness of our grief they are the light at the end of our tunnel.
“It is quite overwhelming realising just how much Anthony affected everyone who met him; his pure, infectious love of life and laughter inspired us all – it’s wonderful to know that we weren’t the only ones.
“There are not enough words to capture just how amazing Anthony was, he was the best of men: honest and true, his passion for life knew no bounds – as a family we are so proud of him.
“He would do anything for you and would put his needs aside to help anyone; it is beyond tragic that this led to his death.
“Our sincerest thanks must go to the police for their supreme diligence in the handling of this devastating event from the first call, to the gathering of every shred of evidence required to bring the case to justice.
“We would like to thank Victim Support both in Aberdeen and Glasgow, the kindness and immense support they have shown the whole family are truly appreciated.
“Everyone involved in this case has always shown tremendous professionalism whilst being so thoughtful and sensitive every step of the way.
“We are acutely aware that justice for Anthony can never be found but the dedication; commitment and every act of kindness and support shown, are in their way, a measure of justice for us all.”