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Last Updated: Friday, 4 May 2007, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Community shocked by Tobin trial
Stephen Stewart
Glasgow and West reporter, BBC Scotland news website

It was supposed to be an oasis of spiritual calm amid the relentless cacophony of traffic from Glasgow's Kingston Bridge.

Tributes
The church gates are still adorned with tributes to Angelika Kluk

But St Patrick's Church in Anderston has been the focal point of a murder trial, the sordid details of which have captivated the country for weeks.

The Angelika Kluk case has posed fundamental questions for the Roman Catholic Church, the Polish immigrant community and, not least, the area of Anderston itself.

Angelika's body was found in a red sandstone church which sits on the periphery of Glasgow city centre in a community which is still coming to terms with the murder and its ramifications.

Among the high rise tower blocks that dominate the Anderston skyline, the tentative notion of community is still strong among the young and the old.

The area has been compared to a large village within a city and it has been shaken to the core by the murder and its aftermath.

'Why here and how could this happen?' have been some of the questions asked.

It is terrible to think that the murder and all these things happened right here on our doorsteps
Church parishioner
Karen Muir, 31, an office worker from the Anderston area, said: "It is hard to believe what has happened.

"I don't know how things can go back to normal. How can people go to church in a place where something so horrific has happened?

"It was a real double blow for me when news of this came out because I attended St Patrick's Church and my family are Polish.

"This has reflected badly on the church. I never understood the church's open door policy where anyone was allowed to come and go as they pleased.

Karen Muir
Karen Muir is connected to the church through religion and family
"I just don't know how they can spiritually cleanse this place after something like this."

Many of the older people within the area have been shocked by the revelations of sexual licence and alcoholic abandon made during the trial.

Sitting on the edge of the city's notorious red light district, Anderston residents may have thought they had seen it all but the Angelika Kluk case has proved otherwise.

One elderly St Patrick's Church parishioner, who did not wish to be named, said: "It has been disgusting.

"I would not want to see Father Gerry Nugent around here again. He has let everyone including himself down.

"He may have had moments of weakness through drink but he has brought shame on the church and given ammunition to people who try to put Catholics down.

"It is terrible to think that the murder and all these things happened right here on our doorsteps."

As the dust begins to settle after the police investigation, the murder trial and the intense media attention, Anderstonians are trying to retain some form of normality - but for some that could take some time.


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