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Murder charge boy in reduced plea

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

A 14-year-old boy who was on trial with six men for murdering a man in Glasgow has had his guilty plea accepted to a reduced charge of assault.

The schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was accused of killing 22-year-old Kieran Crawford in Forge Street, Germiston, in May last year.

Prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to punching Mr Crawford's head and body.

His six co-accused all deny chasing Mr Crawford before assaulting and stabbing him. Their trial continues.

The 14-year-old boy will be sentenced at the end of the trial of Craig Dodwell, 20, James McLauchlin, 21, Steven Gracey, 21, Mark Thomson, 19, Damien McDowel, 20, and David McKay, 24, all from Glasgow, who deny murdering Mr Crawford.

It is alleged they chased Mr Crawford, kicked, punched and stamped on him, hit him with a pole, bricks and bottles and stabbed him with a knife or similar instrument.

Mr Dodwell, Mr McLauchlin, Mr Gracey, Mr McKay and Christopher Boyce, 23, from Glasgow, also deny attempting to murder another man, Andrew Bain, by chasing him, striking him with a car, kicking, punching and stamping on him, striking him with bottles and throwing a beer can at him.

The trial before judge Lord Turnbull continues.

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