Man Guilty of Murdering Army Veteran and Concealing Crime

David Barnes

David Barnes, 33, has been convicted and jailed for the murder of 60-year-old army veteran Ean Coutts and the subsequent attempt to conceal his crime. The murder, described by the court as motivated by financial gain, took place in 2019, with Coutts’ remains later discovered in a disused industrial unit in Glenrothes, Fife.

Barnes was found guilty of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh. Lord Mulholland condemned the act as “despicable” and remanded Barnes in custody until sentencing next month.

The court heard that Barnes killed Mr. Coutts, either at his home in Kinglassie, Fife, or elsewhere in Scotland, and transported the body in a wheelie bin to an industrial unit. He abandoned the remains in a cupboard and set fire to them. Barnes then fraudulently withdrew over £5,000 from Mr. Coutts’ account, using it to purchase various goods and services.

The case came to light when urban explorer James Fenton discovered the skeletal remains in September 2020, leading to a police investigation that brought Barnes to justice. Initially facing 36 charges, including theft and fraud, Barnes will receive his sentence at the High Court in Glasgow on December 13.

Lou Nightingale
Author: Lou Nightingale

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