At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Matthews sentenced John McNaught McEwan to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years after he was found guilty of the murder of Eileen Gamble in Glasgow on 26 or 27 July 2012.

16 September 2013

On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following statement in court:

“You have been convicted of the brutal murder of Eileen Gamble, a respectable lady who suffered the double misfortune of falling foul of an addiction to alcohol and then meeting you.

You are no stranger to the courts or to acts of violence as your record discloses and there is only one sentence I can pass on you, which is life imprisonment. I have to fix a period, called a punishment period, which must pass before can apply for parole but when and if you are ever released thereafter, if you live that long, will be a matter for others to decide. Nothing I can say will undo the sadness of Ms Gamble’s family and I can only admire the quiet dignity with which her daughter, who had to give evidence in this case, has watched proceedings from the public galleries.

In all the circumstances I sentence you to life imprisonment to run from 30 July 2012 and I fix the punishment period at 18 years.”