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Judge says Glasgow street killing was 'pack violence'

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

Three men have admitted killing a 22-year-old man in a violent gang attack in Glasgow last May.

Craig Dodwell, 20, James McLauchlan, 21, and David McKay, 24, had originally gone on trial for the murder of Kieran Crawford.

At the High Court in Glasgow they pleaded guilty to culpable homicide and will be sentenced next month.

Judge Lord Turnbull said the attack was "pack violence" that was "more associated with animals than humans."

The court heard that Mr Crawford was chased then set upon by a mob as he and friends from the nearby Royston area walked in Forge Street, Germiston, in the city on 24 May last year.

His friend, Andrew Bain, 29, was mowed down by a Land Rover, which was driven over his arm.

Dodwell was seen trying to trip up Mr Crawford.

This is something that would be more associated to animals rather than humans
Judge Lord Turnbull

The 22-year-old was then kicked, punched and struck with weapons, including a knife, brick and metal pole.

As he slumped over a garden fence, he was hit repeatedly by McLauchlan and another man.

The unconscious victim was later rushed to hospital suffering from a number of injuries including two stab wounds.

One had penetrated his lung and slit a vital artery. Mr Crawford was pronounced dead later that day.

Iain McSporran, prosecuting, said there was no obvious motive as to why an attack occurred.

He added: "Having considered the CCTV footage and other evidence in the case, the Crown is prepared to accept that the knife was not wielded by anyone on this indictment."

Tragic death

The court was told that Mr Crawford's tragic death had caused "grief and distress" to his family.

Lord Turnbull said: "This was pack violence involving the chasing of young men. This is something that would be more associated to animals rather than humans."

Dodwell and McLaughlan, both of Germiston, and McKay, of the city's Ruchazie, were remanded in custody.

A 14 year-old boy who also faced a murder charge was bailed having earlier admitted to assaulting Mr Crawford.

Steven Gracey, 20, of Germiston, had his not guilty plea to the murder accepted and he instead admitted to an assault on Mr Bain.

All five will be sentenced next month.

Prosecutors earlier withdrew murder charges against Mark Thomson, 19, and Damian McDowel, 20.



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