TWO men have received life jail sentences for the murder of schoolgirl Caroline Glachan in 1996.

Robert O’Brien, 45, and Andrew Kelly, 44, killed the 14-year-old close to her home in Renton.

O’Brien must serve a minimum of 22 years before being considered for parole, while Kelly must serve at least 18 years.

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Donna Marie Brand, 44, was also found guilty of the schoolgirl’s murder but was unable to be sentenced on Monday as she was in hospital with a respiratory infection and will be sentenced in March, the court heard.

The jury heard the trio had arranged to meet Caroline at a bridge beside the River Leven, between Renton and Bonhill in West Dunbartonshire, on August 25, then repeatedly punched, kicked and threw bricks or other similar items at her, causing blunt force trauma to her head and body.

She was then pushed or fell into undergrowth and her body was discovered in the river at Place of Bonhill, Renton, later that same day, which was also her mother’s 40th birthday.

Judge Lord Braid described the murder as “brutal, depraved and above all wicked”. He said O’Brien was the main perpetrator and used “extreme violence” on the 14-year-old.

The judge said that while Kelly played a lesser role, he was also involved in inflicting “murderous violence” on the teenager.

He said: “Caroline was a lover of life but due to both of you Caroline has been deprived of the opportunity of living that life, becoming an adult, having children, fulfilling the potential she had.

“You have taken a daughter from a loving mother. Mrs McKeich has spoken of the pain that Caroline’s death has caused, the void her death has left that will never be filled.

“She has been deprived of seeing the woman that Caroline would have become. No sentence that I pass could possibly make up for what she has lost.”