Killer allowed out of prison

Residents of Newton Stewart were left asking questions this week after a convicted killer was seen in the town.

Thursday, 6th February 2014, 11:38 am

Paul McCann, sentenced to more than six years in jail after pleading guilty to the culpable homicide of his daughter’s fiancée David Brown in October 2011, began his prison term in June 2012 but just 19 months later, he has been given an opportunity to spend time in the community.

A Scottish Prison Service spokesperson said this week: “We cannot comment on individual cases, however we can say that some prisoners who are assessed as low-risk to the public are given the opportunity to spend time within a community as part of their ongoing rehabilitation programme.”

David Brown, known locally as Davy, died at the age of 41 following a stabbing in a house on McGregor Drive during a family party.

According to Mr Brown’s family, they were not informed of the decision to allow McCann out of jail.