A man convicted of the murder of a Black Hat woman has been identified as a man who was an “associate” of the woman’s husband.
The court heard how the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told detectives he had known the woman for “more than 20 years”.
The trial heard how he had told police he was a member of the Black Hat Association and had “worked with her”.
He told police that he had been involved in the death of the victim in March 2016 and that he “took credit for the crime”.
A witness described him as a “very attractive man” with long hair and “very well groomed”.
His defence barrister said he was “not a violent person” but was “an associate of the deceased”.
An application to re-sentence the man on the murder charge has been refused by the Court of Appeal.
The judge heard that he was described as “extremely charismatic” by the witness.
During a sentencing hearing on Friday, the man’s lawyer, David McKeown QC, said the “black hat” identity was “very, very revealing”.
He said he had spoken to the man in the past and had seen him on numerous occasions at Black Hat. “
The defendant was not a lone shooter, he was an associate,” Mr McKeon said.
He said he had spoken to the man in the past and had seen him on numerous occasions at Black Hat.
On Friday, he said the case “raised the spectre of a murderer with a very strong desire to commit a violent act against the victim”.
In his victim impact statement read to the court, the woman described her “horrendous grief” at the death.
She described how she had suffered “a great deal of grief” in the weeks before her death, with friends “just as shocked and appalled” by what happened as she was.
After the verdict, Mr McInnes said he would appeal the murder conviction.
A Black Hat Society statement said it was “deeply saddened by the outcome of this case”.
Black Hat Association chairman Paul Wylie said: “It is clear from our evidence that there was no intent to murder.
Black Hats are committed to helping and educating the community, and our members work tirelessly to ensure that we have a safe space where we can be ourselves, free from judgement and fear.”
Black hat members have been invited to attend the sentencing on Saturday.
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