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Two cleared of murdering man near railway line in Livingston

Two men have been cleared of the murder of a man near a railway line in West Lothian.

Liam Kell and Michael Di Folco were charged with the killing of Blair Gault in Livingston on 16 November 2021.

They were accused of murdering the 32-year-old by striking him on the head and body with a knife on a footpath.

But Lord Ericht acquitted the pair after jurors at the High Court in Edinburgh returned a verdict of not proven.

Mr Kell, 36, and Mr Di Folco, 53, had been arrested in connection with the death in early 2022.

Mr Gault was discovered seriously injured between between Fintry Avenue and Buchanan Crescent and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Scotland said he had been subjected to a "sustained and violent" attack.