TWO ON MURDER cHARgE Dad of three died in knife attack
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