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Boy and six men deny city murder

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

A 14-year-old boy and six men have gone on trial accused of murdering a 22-year-old man in a Glasgow street.

The boy, who was 13 at the time, and his co-accused all deny killing Kieran Crawford in Forge Street, Germiston, on 24 May last year.

It is alleged that they chased Mr Crawford, kicked, punched and stamped on him before hitting him with a pole, bricks and bottles and stabbing him.

The trial is being heard before Lord Turnbull at the High Court in Glasgow.

The 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.

Other charge

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

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.

The court heard from Mr Crawford's mother Susan Langan, 43, an employment adviser, from Roystonhill, that she last saw her son the day before he died when "he was talking clothes to his friend Andy Bain".

When asked what her son was wearing, she said he had on jogging trousers and a green and yellow Celtic top.

Hospital death

The court was told Mr Crawford did not return home that night, but phoned his mother the following morning.

Ms Langan said he was going to watch a football match.

Hours later she received a call from her daughter Arlene.

Both attended the city's Royal Infirmary where they were later told Mr Crawford had died.

Earlier Ms Langan was asked if there were difficulties between people from the Roystonhill and Germiston areas of Glasgow and replied: "Yes."

She told the court that her son had previously been injured in Germinston.

The trial continues.



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