Georgina Smith, 22, pretended to be in mourning for 30-year-old Scott Blackwood, writing that he had ‘always been a good mate’ and even vowing to make sure his killers went to jail.
In fact she and two others, Allan Nicol, 36, and Thomas Moore, 26, had killed Mr Blackwood just four days before by kicking, punching, biting and stabbing him to death.
He suffered 72 separate injuries including scalds and chemical burns. He had 13 stabs wounds, three broken ribs, smashed eye socket and cheekbones and he was strangled.
Pathologist Dr Julie McAdam said the head injuries found on Mr Blackwood were like those suffered by car crash victims.
Yesterday Nicol and Moore were found guilty of murdering Mr Blackwood in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, on July 3 or 4 last year. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve at least 20 years each.
Judge Lord McEwan said: ‘This was a scandalous, disgraceful and horrific attack on a young man, including what amounted to torture.’
Smith, 22, was convicted of the lesser charge of culpable homicide following a five-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow.
Mr Blackwood (pictured) was dragged from Nicol’s house, where the beating started, to his own where the attack continued before he was strangled.
Witness Sean Sinclair, 21, said he went to Nicol’s home on the night of the horror and discovered a badly beaten Mr Blackwood. He said Moore stood over Scott armed with metal pole covered in blood.