Killer, 39, who survived Edinburgh's notorious Marmion shooting dies

Funeral tomorrow at Mortonhall for James Hendry, 39

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 5:20 pm

A CONVICTED killer who survived a notorious hit in an Edinburgh bar has died.

James Hendry was wounded in the 2006 shooting at the Marmion in Gracemount before being sent down for killing a stranger with a single punch in 2008.

A source told the Evening News the 39-year-old was found dead of natural causes last week and will be buried at Mortonhall tomorrow (Friday).

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James Hendry
James Hendry

Hendry was wounded in the shooting that killed his 32-year-old brother-in-law and boxer Alexander McKinnon at the Marmion.

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James Bain, then 22, opened fire with a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun which he had stuffed down his trouser leg after a jealous rage over his ex burst into violence.

Bain, his accomplice Richard Cosgrove, 21, and Ben Young, 19, who provided the gun and planned their getaway in a pick-up truck, were found guilty of murdering McKinnon and the attempted murder of Hendry.

Two years later, Hendry, then 34, attacked Edward Dooley, 54, after finding him urinating in his ex-wife's garden.

A court heard that Hendry had just got out of a taxi with his brother outside his ex-wife's house when he spotted Mr Dooley relieving himself.

He struck the granddad with a single punch, knocking him to the ground and causing him to smash his head.

Prosecutors initially thought there was insufficient evidence to charge Hendry over Mr Dooley's death in Loanhead, Midlothian.

But they decided in 2013 to prosecute him for culpable homicide to which he later pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow and was jailed for 40 months in 2014.

Sentencing, Judge Michael O'Grady QC told Hendry: "I accept you did not mean to kill Mr Dooley, but this was a needless and unprovoked attack on a drunk and therefore vulnerable man.

"Any sentence I impose on you will appear to be derisory to the family of Mr Dooley.

"An innocent life has been taken. But for your early plea of guilty, I would have sentenced you to five years."