A KILLER bludgeoned a man to death after he had fallen asleep.

Anthony Allan brutally attacked Ryan Richardson at the victim's flat in Shettleston.

Prosecutors believe Allan battered the 28-year-old with a baseball bat or similar weapon.

Ryan's body was found in his living room after worried family raised the alarm when they had not heard for him for days.

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Jurors heard that after the death was reported in the media, Allan told a man: “I did it.”

The 25-year-old now faces a life sentence after he was today convicted of murder at the High Court in Glasgow.

The killing is said to have occurred between March 3 and 15 last year.

A large number of Ryan's family and friends were in court. There were cheers at the guilty verdict.

The group then loudly applauded jurors before leaving the courtroom.

Allan and Ryan were known to each other and had been in regular contact.

But, the killer was suddenly no longer in touch with Ryan around mid-March last year.

Police eventually forced their way into the victim's flat amid concerns for him.

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Ryan had suffered “extensive” fractures to his skull, cheekbone as well as bleeding on the brain.

His injuries were compared to those suffered by car crash victim or people who have fallen from a height.

Prosecutor Greg Farrell told jurors the Crown relied on a “number of admissions” made by Allan after the murder.

This included Allan stating to one man: “I did it, I did it.” The killer was described as if “he was on a high” while talking about it.

Allan was said to have picked up a “lump of wood or bat” as Ryan slept in his flat.

But, in his closing speech, Mr Farrell said: “He did not believe it. He thought (Allan) was just acting the hardman.”

Lord Matthews adjourned the case for reports until next month.

The judge told jurors he agreed the trial had been “a deeply unpleasant case”.