A man who killed a 17 year boy by stabbing him in the hearts has been convicted of culpable homicide.
Jamie Wishart was found guilty of killing 17 year-old Connor Cleave after stabbing him in an attack on Simon Crescent, Methilhill in the early hours of Tuesday 8 April.
Connor’s heart was punctured as a result of the knife wound and he died at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.
Jamie, 22, was arrested and charged after a major police investigation which later reported that the two had known each other for most of their lives.
Detective Inspector Martin MacLean from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, who led the investigation said: “This attack and the subsequent death of Connor had a huge impact on the close knit community of Methilhill in general and particularly upon the residents of Simon Crescent.
“Connor’s death was a needless tragedy, which involved two young men who had known each other for a significant part of their young lives and had grown up together.
“Jamie Wishart carried out a meaningless act of violence, which resulted in Connor sustaining a single, but fatal, stab wound to the heart. This is a telling reminder of the dangers of carrying any knife, large or small.
“Any knife can kill and the risks in carrying and using weapons are plain to see from this case. We are committed to working alongside the Crown Office to bring those responsible for violent offences to justice. If you carry or use a knife you will face the full force of the law and the likelihood of a significant prison sentence.
“At this time I would like to pay tribute to the dignity shown by the family of Connor Cleave and the professionalism of my team throughout this investigation.”