A man who went to "great lengths" to cover up killing his friend has been convicted of murder.

Callous James Ferguson, 43, tried to conceal his identity after murdering Paul Cairns on May 24 last year.

The Kilwinning man denied the charges against him but was found guilty by a jury and was jailed for 22 years at the High Court in Glasgow today.

Paul was found seriously injured at a house in Nithsdale Road in the town. Emergency services attended and he died at the scene a short time later.

Detective chief inspector John Stewart, of Police Scotland’s Specialist Crime Division, said: “Our thoughts a very much with Paul’s family and friends who at last have justice for what happened to him.

“This was a complex inquiry and Ferguson went to great lengths to cover his tracks and conceal his identity.

"This was a deliberate and callous attack on a man who should have been safe in his own home, who was known to his killer and was indeed his friend.”

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