Only a pub­lic in­qury will help us get to the bot­tom of why Craig was mur­dered

Paisley Daily Express - - It’s Time To Play Your Part, Young People Urged - David Camp­bell Craig’s dad Michael McClel­land and Craig’s part­ner Stacey Wil­cox want a full pub­lic in­quiry

The fam­ily of mur­dered Pais­ley dad Craig McClel­land have called on the Scot­tish Govern­ment to launch a full pub­lic in­quiry into his death.

Se­rial knife thug James Wright, 25, sab­o­taged his elec­tronic tag and spent six months on the loose be­fore stab­bing the young fa­ther-of three to death in a Pais­ley street.

Craig’s grief-stricken dad Michael says re­views into the way po­lice and prison au­thor­i­ties han­dled the case have failed to give the fam­ily the an­swers they so des­per­ately crave.

First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon yes­ter­day re­fused to rule out a pub­lic in­quiry and in­sisted lessons had been learned from the tragic case.

Heart­bro­ken Michael says the fam­ily have been left with many unan­swered ques­tions about why vi­o­lent Wright was free to kill the lov­ing son, part­ner and dad.

Mr McClel­land told the Ex­press: “We have sent a let­ter to the jus­tice min­is­ter with around 30 points that we haven’t had an­swered.

“Hav­ing looked at the two re­views, we feel they have given us noth­ing of what we were ac­tu­ally look­ing for. “The re­views are very generic. “We will be press­ing the jus­tice sec­re­tary for a full pub­lic in­quiry into Craig’s death be­cause that may be the only way we are go­ing to get to the bot­tom of what ac­tu­ally hap­pened.

“There were an aw­ful lot of des­per­ate mis­takes made and that has lead to one thing – my son be­ing mur­dered in the street.

“We are grief-stricken, ob­vi­ously, but this is just mak­ing it steadily worse be­cause it is as if they are not will­ing to give us the an­swers. “Some­body is not telling the truth.” Blade fiend Wright – who had 16 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing two for knife pos­ses­sion – mur­dered Craig in Tweed Av­enue, Foxbar, while out on a home de­ten­tion cur­few.

He tam­pered with his elec­tronic tag and was on the run for nearly six months when he com­mit­ted the hor­rific crime, which sparked a pub­lic out­cry.

Re­views by Her Maj e s t y ’ s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary and Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Pris­ons were or­dered into the case.

Th­ese iden­ti­fied fail­ings in the way of­fend­ers on home de­ten­tion cur­fews are han­dled.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Hamza Yousaf an­nounced the govern­ment would ac­cept the rec­om­men­da­tions of the re­ports in full, in­clud­ing ban­ning pris­on­ers con­victed of vi­o­lence or knife crime from get­ting home de­ten­tion.

How­ever, the McClel­land fam­ily say they still need an­swers and be­lieve the only way to get th­ese is through a pub­lic in­quiry.

Michael and Craig’s part­ner Stacey Wil­cox wrote to Mr Yousaf and called on him to have the case fully ex­am­ined.

They listed a se­ries of ques­tions they want an­swered, stat­ing: “Please put your­self in our shoes.

“To lose a dearly loved fam­ily mem­ber to vi­o­lence is dif­fi­cult to come to terms with.

“To know that some­thing could and should have been done to pre­vent this makes it im­pos­si­ble.

“Our only chance of mov­ing on from our tragedy is to learn why th­ese mis­takes were made and en­sure they will never hap­pen again.

“We owe this to Craig, and we owe this to fam­i­lies all over Scot­land.”

Wright was jailed for min­i­mum of 20 years by Judge Lord Matthews.

Missed Dad-of-three Craig

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