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Two jailed for killing man who was struck with own van

Security guard Mohammad Abu Sammour suffered 83 injuries during an attack.

Jailed: Scott Pearson and Ryan Hunter. <strong>Police Scotland</strong>
Jailed: Scott Pearson and Ryan Hunter. Police Scotland

Two men have been jailed after a security guard was murdered when his own work van was reversed over him.

Mohammad Abu Sammour, 49, suffered 83 injuries, including fractures to his face, skull and multiple rib fractures before he died following the attack at a building site in Newarthill, Lanarkshire, in October last year.

His murderer Scott Pearson, 22, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years at the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday, while accomplice Ryan Hunter, 28, was jailed for six years for culpable homicide.

Mohammad Abu Sammour’s was reversed over by his own van.

Dad-of-four Mr Abu Sammour died after trying to thwart his killers’ bid to take his work van joyriding.

He was beaten unconscious, then reversed over in his own vehicle before being “dragged for a considerable distance while trapped under the van”.

Sentencing Pearson, judge Lord Burns said: “It is plain that you were fully aware that you had reversed over him.

“The way you did this has considered to be murderous. You then fled the scene leaving others to give help to Mr Sammour as he lay dying.”

Hunter pleaded guilty on the basis he did not take any “physical action” to stop Pearson or get out the van to help the victim.

Lord Burns told him: “You could have detached yourself from the crime long before. Along with your friends, you left Mr Sammour to his fate.”

Following sentencing, Mr Abu Sammour’s wife Fida Abu Sammour released a statement through her lawyer Aamer Anwar.

She said: “Mohammed was a kind and peaceful man who leaves behind four young sons who pine for their father every waking minute.

“No sentence, no punishment would bring back Mohammed. These killers showed a barbaric disregard for his life last October, however the fight for justice is not over.

“A third man was named in this court and is alleged to have been part of the attack. Mrs Abu Sammour now expects the Lord Advocate to do his duty.”

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