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Shot claims in child murder trial
Andrew Morton
Andrew Morton died after being shot near his home
The trial into the shooting of a Glasgow toddler has heard the grandmother of the accused claim he and his cousin both blamed each other.

Mark Bonini, 27, denies murdering two-year-old Andrew Morton in Easterhouse, Glasgow, on 2 March.

Andrew died after being hit in the head by an airgun pellet.

Susan Bonini, 66, told the High Court in Glasgow that both Mr Bonini and his cousin Kevin Bonini had told her that the other one had taken the shot.

Mr Bonini, from Craigend in Glasgow, denies murdering the youngster, but has admitted a charge of culpable homicide.

It caused devastation because I didn't know then which one of my grandsons had pulled the trigger
Susan Bonini

Giving evidence for the defence, Mrs Bonini claimed that her grandson, Kevin Bonini, 19, had come into the pub where she worked the morning after the shooting.

She said: "He told me it was a child who was shot with an airgun and that it was Mark who did it."

Mrs Bonini revealed, however, that her other grandson Mark had blamed Kevin for firing the shot at Andrew.

She agreed that the two cousins blaming each other had "created divisions" within the Bonini family.

Blame claim

Under cross examination by Sean Murphy, prosecuting, she added: "It caused devastation because I didn't know then which one of my grandsons had pulled the trigger.

"I said to Mark 'you are getting the blame' and he said it was Kevin.

"Every night I went to bed thinking of that baby and what everyone was going through."

At the start of the trial last week, Bonini admitted that he was the man who pulled the trigger and offered a plea of guilty to the lesser crime of culpable homicide.

The Crown, however, refused to accept his plea and is seeking a conviction on the murder charge.

The trial before Lord Brodie continues.


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