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Lecturer describes fatal attack

Kieran Crawford
Kieran Crawford died after a disturbance on Glasgow's Forge Street

A university lecturer has told a murder trial how he witnessed a violent attack which resulted in the death of a 22-year-old man in Glasgow.

Graham Connelly told the High Court in Glasgow he witnessed a "violent attack on someone" he could not see as he weeded his garden.

A 14-year-old boy and six men all deny murdering 22-year-old Keiran Crawford.

He died after being chased, assaulted and stabbed in Forge Street, Germiston, on 24 May last year.

The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial with Craig Dodwell, 20, James McLauchlin, 21, Steven Gracey, 21, Mark Thomson, 19, Damien McDowel, 20, and 24-year-old David McKay, all from Glasgow.

Mr Dodwell, Mr McLauchlin, Mr Gracey, Mr McKay and Christopher Boyce, 23, also from Glasgow, deny attempting to murder another man, Andrew Bain.

It seemed to be a particularly vicious attack with multiple blows
Graham Connelly

It is alleged they chased him, struck him with a car, kicked, punched and stamped on him, struck him with bottles and threw a beer can at him in Forge Street on 24 May.

Mr Connelly, who lectures at Strathclyde University, told the court he saw a group of people chasing someone at about 1715 BST.

"They began a violent attack on someone I couldn't see. He was on the ground behind the garden wall," he said.

"One person was using a bottle to hit someone quite violently, another was using what I estimated to be a wooden club."

Mr Connelly told the court that the person on the ground was also being kicked. He said that there were about six people involved.

'Vicious attack'

Referring to the assault with the bottle, Mr Connelly added: "It seemed to be a particularly vicious attack with multiple blows.

"For my own safety I didn't want to get too close. I did shout something like: 'Stop that, come on, he's had enough.'"

Mr Connelly said he then dialled 999 and went out into the street after the group had run off.

He said he saw two people being attended to on the ground. He went over to one of the men who told him his name was Andrew.

Mr Connelly then walked over to the other injured man. He told the court : "He was kicking his legs, moving about and clearly distressed."

The trial before Lord Turnbull continues.

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