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Friday, September 17, 1999 Published at 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK

UK: Scotland

Stabbed fan sang 'anthem'

Mr McFadden died after an Old Firm match

A murder trial in Glasgow has heard that a dying Celtic fan sang the Fields of Athenry after being stabbed after an Old Firm match.

Thomas McFadden, 16, his green-and-white hooped top stained with dripping blood, held his hands aloft and sang the Celtic fans' anthem.

The High Court was told that minutes later, when police went to the flat occupied by the two youths accused of murdering Thomas, they found them in a jovial mood drinking lager.

Accused deny charges

Peter Rushford and David Hutton, both 21, deny murdering Thomas on 29 May after the Scottish Cup final which ended in Rangers beating Celtic 1-0.

The two men deny repeatedly punching and kicking Thomas and repeatedly stabbing him in the body.

Accountant Robin Hayman, 29, said he watched the game on the TV and afterwards he looked out of his window overlooking Bankhall Street to see two young men, one with a Rangers top, attacking a young man with a Celtic top.

[ image: The High Court heard evidence about the attack]
The High Court heard evidence about the attack
They were both hitting him on the upper body and head with what appeared to him to be punches.

Mr Hayman said the Celtic youngster was trying to block the blows with his arms. The incident last 10 to 15 seconds and the fight progressed from the street to the pavement with the Celtic boy backing away from his attackers.

Eventually when he distanced himself they two men stopped, looked at each other and ran away.

He added: "He stood in the street raising his arms and singin the Fields of Athenry.

"He was still standing in the street when someone approached him and pointed out to him that he was bleeding. He pulled his top up.

'Blood on pavement'

"There was blood on his shirt and it was dripping on to the pavement. A lot of blood."

Constable Stuart Galloway, 26, went to the flat at 41 Bankhall Street and found the door to 2/2 open. He knocked but got no reply.

Constable Galloway said when he and other officers entered it they found the two accused and a girl sitting down talking. The two men were drinking lager.

Asked by Raymond Doherty QC, prosecuting what their demeanour was he said: "They were all quite jovial."

Constable Galloway said they seized Rushford's trainers, the right one of which was bloodstained. A forsenic scientist told the court the blood matched the DNA of the dead Celtic fan.

The police officer said both youths were wearing t-shirts, not Rangers tops.

The trial before Lord Caplan continues.

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