A jury in Malaga this week returned a guilty verdict in the trial of Brian McConville and Wayne Lennon, who were accused of murdering Paul Feathers at his Costa del Sol flat.
The pair went on the run after slaying the Brit expat on April 21, in 2010. Spanish state prosecutors announced in February they would be seeking 20-year prison sentences for Dubliners McConville (30, below) and Lennon (38).
However, their charge was downgraded from murder to homicide, a crime which carries a lesser sentence.
They were sentenced to 11 years each for the killing.
Indictments submitted to a criminal court in Malaga claimed the pair stabbed their alleged victim 44 times in the back during a brutal, hour-long attack as he lay bleeding on the floor after being knifed in the neck. They also kicked and punched their victim before stabbing him dozens of time in the neck, arms and legs.
It was claimed the head injuries he sustained during the attack led to brain injuries, and subsequently to his death.
Court documents also alleged they stole a mobile phone from Feathers’ flat in Benalmadena before leaving him unconscious in a pool of blood.
Prosecution documents claim: “When the victim was in a bad way but still alive, they jabbed him 44 times in the back with the knife, as well as cutting him several times in the back and legs, thereby increasing consciously and deliberately his physical pain and mental suffering.”
The court heard the row began after a failed drug deal. Feathers was attacked by the Dubliners after they blamed him for the loss of a vehicle that was to be used in the transportation of illegal substances.
His girlfriend, who unwittingly opened the door to the two men who were wearing balaclavas, identified his attackers.