Crown of­fice vows to keep mur­der case un­der re­view

David Strath­ern sobbed as he walked free from court

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The mur­der of Jamie Con­nelly will re­main un­der re­view, the Crown Of­fice has said.

The procu­ra­tor fis­cal ser­vice spoke out as David Strat­hearn was cleared of mur­der dur­ing a trial at Glas­gow Crown Court on Fri­day, March 4.

Strath­ern, 29, sobbed as he walked free from court af­ter a jury found the case against him not proven.

Mr Strath­ern de­nied mur­der­ing 28- year- old Jamie, nick­named Jam­boy, by stab­bing him through the heart at Green­hill Road, Ruther­glen, on March 8, last year.

A Crown Of­fice spokesman told the Re­former on Tues­day - the an­niver­sary of Jamie’s death: “Our cold case unit reg­u­larly re­views cases to as­cer­tain if there are any new ev­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing ad­vances in foren­sic tech­niques, which would as­sist in pro­vid­ing a ba­sis for crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings.”

The court heard last week that Jamie worked for Mr Strath­ern at a dial- a- booze com­pany which charged drinkers dou­ble price for out-of-hours al­co­hol.

Jamie had run up the debt us­ing the drink ser­vice him­self.

Jamie spent much of the day mak­ing re­peated phone calls to Strath­ern be­fore be­ing told that a deal had been ham­mered out and he was to pay Strath­ern half of the cash he owed im­me­di­ately.

Mr Strath­ern said in ev­i­dence he drove in a BMW 6 se­ries and parked out­side Jamie’s house in Green­hill Road, Ruther­glen, just be­fore 8pm, and sat look­ing at rental prop­erty on his phone.

But, in­stead of a cash han­dover the deal turned vi­o­lent.

Mr Strath­ern said: “My wind­screen was go­ing in. I thought I was get­ting shot at.”

He said he also re­ceived a wound to his head, be­fore re­vers­ing out of the street and driv­ing to­wards his girl­friend’s house.

In ev­i­dence Strath­ern claimed that Jamie was un­in­jured when he left him. When asked how he came to be fa­tally stabbed through the heart, he replied: “It’s a mys­tery.”

He de­nied get­ting out of the car and stab­bing him and said: “Jamie was like a brother to me.”

Jamie’s father Thomas Con­nelly, 54, who was out on the street with his son, told the jury: “Strathy said some­thing to my son which I didn’t hear and he lunged at Jamie.”

Mr Con­nelly al­leged that Mr Strath­ern then got into his car which had a dam­aged wind­screen and drove away.

He re­vealed that his son man­aged to get up into his nearby flat be­fore col­laps­ing in the toi­let.

He told of how Jamie lifted up his t-shirt and said: “He got me a f***ing cracker, dad.”

Mr Con­nelly added: “There was blood ev­ery­where. I was try­ing to stem the blood, but I couldn’t stop it. I was say­ing ‘Jamie don’t leave me.’”

Mr Con­nelly said that hours ear­lier his son had told him that Strathy had put a hit out on him for £20,000 or £30,000.

Mr Con­nelly was asked what he took the com­ment about a hit to mean and replied: “To my way of putting it he wanted my son killed.”

Vic­tim Jamie Con­nelly was mur­dered on March 8, 2015

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