A PLASTERER has been jailed for life for the murder of a dad-of-three by mowing him down with a white van after a row over broken windows.

Daniel McCafferty, 33, who drove at 27-year-old Steven Campbell at 2am, knocking him over and dragging him under the van for almost half a mile was ordered to serve at least 18 years behind bars.

The High Court in Glasgow heard McCafferty drove off leaving Mr Campbell's body lying in the road.

Later that morning, McCafferty sent message by social media to a friend saying: “Wee p****’s smashed my windows again. Obs I won.”

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He then messaged: “I'm going to jail for ages. Gonna waste a pure chunk of life for these wee p****s.”

McCafferty sent another message saying: “Just annoyed I got forced into this. I won, but.”

The court heard McCafferty was raging because his windows had been smashed that night. He suspected Mr Campbell and when he saw him walking along the road drove at him in his Transit van.

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Lord Clark told McCafferty: “A motor vehicle was a brutal means of attack.Mr Campbell's family has suffered a terrible loss, which you have caused, for the rest of their lives.”

Defence QC Tony Graham said that McCafferty was remorseful and had offered to plead guilty to the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Eye-witnesses spoke of hearing a horrible loud crunching noise at impact, but McCafferty told police he could not hear anything because tools rattling about in the back of his van.

McCafferty, claimed that Mr Campbell, who had been drinking, stumbled and fell and he did not see him.

But, he was convicted him of the murder of Mr Campbell on June 2, last year, in Toryglen Road, Rutherglen.

McCafferty showed no emotion as he was led away to the cells.

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