TWO ON MUR­DER cHARgE Dad of three died in knife at­tack

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Wilma Ri­ley

Two men ap­peared in court yes­ter­day ac­cused of mur­der­ing a Pais­ley fa­ther of three.

James Wright, 25, and Stuart McLel­lan, 28, deny mur­der­ing Craig McClel­land by stab­bing him twice in Tweed Av­enue, in Foxbar, last sum­mer.

McLel­lan also de­nied at­tempt­ing to pervert the course of jus­tice by hid­ing a top worn by him.

At the High Court in Glas­gow, a joint minute of ev­i­dence agreed by the pros­e­cu­tion and de­fence

was read to the jurors by pros­e­cu­tor Paul Brown.

The jury was told that on July 23 last year, Mr McClel­land spent the hours be­fore his death at home in Mo­rar Drive, Foxbar, with his part­ner Stacy Wil­cox, a stu­dent, and their three young sons, aged five, two and eight months old.

The cou­ple were watch­ing tele­vi­sion and dis­cussing a forth­com­ing hol­i­day to Am­s­ter­dam.

Mr Brown said: “Mr McClel­land left the house in a good mood at 11.15pm on his way to play Xbox games with his friend Joe McLaugh­lin at his brother’s house in Orchy Cres­cent.”

By 11.28pm he was ly­ing dy­ing in nearby Tweed Av­enue be­ing tended by an am­bu­lance crew.

He was rushed to the Royal Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal in Pais­ley, ar­riv­ing there at 11.48pm com­plain­ing of chest pain, dis­tress and short­ness of breath.

At 12.40am Mr McClel­land had a heart at­tack and was pro­nounced dead at 1.06am.

The jury was told that Miss Wil­cox re­ceived a call telling her that her part­ner had been stabbed and at­tended hos­pi­tal with other mem­bers of his fam­ily and were told he had died.

Po­lice set up a se­cure cor­don around Tweed Av­enue and searched the area, but noth­ing of ev­i­den­tial value was dis­cov­ered.

Mr McClel­land’s ruck­sack was found.

It con­tained a tin of rolling to­bacco, cig­a­rette pa­pers and an Xbox games con­sole and con­troller.

A lighter and a small amount of cash were in Mr McClel­land’s pock­ets.

The court heard that a num­ber of Face­book mes­sages sent be­tween Wright and McLel­lan were re­cov­ered by po­lice.

One from McLel­lan to Wright, sent on July 15, said: “am gawny end up bust­ing a c*** wae a blade the nyt.”

The jury was also told that McLel­lan sent Wright a pho­to­graph of him­self hold­ing a lock­back knife on July 22.

The trial be­fore judge Lord Matthews con­tin­ues.

Fam­ily man Craig McClel­land

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