THE killers of a tragic security guard have been jailed for a total of 24 years.

Scott Pearson (22) and Ryan Hunter (28) were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow today following the death of Mohammed Abu Sammour (49) in October last year.

Pearson was locked up for a minimum 18 years after he was convicted of murdering the dad-of-four at a Taylor Wimpey building site in Newarthill, Lanarkshire.

Hunter was sentenced to six years after he pled guilty to the reduced charge of culpable homicide.

Mohammed ended up dead after the pair and an accomplice planned to take his works van to go joyriding.

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Jurors earlier heard how Mohammed was beaten unconscious then reversed over in his own vehicle.

He suffered 83 injuries including fractures to his face, skull and multiple rib injuries.

It emerged Pearson – whose criminal record stretches back to when he was 12 – had only been freed from prison eight days earlier.

Sentencing, Lord Burns told him: “Mr Sammour must have been dragged for a considerable distance while trapped under the van.

“It is plain that you were fully aware that you had reversed over him.

“The way you did this has considered to be murderous. You then fled the scene leaving others to give help to Mr Sammour as he lay dying.”

Hunter had pled guilty on the basis he did not take any “physical action” to stop Pearson or get out the van to help the victim.

Lord Burns told him: “You could have detached yourself from the crime long before. Along with your friends, you left Mr Sammour to his fate.”