Paisley Daily Express

Four men and one women accused of running over man with car

- RON MOORE

Four men and a woman are facing trial for allegedly running over a man in a street attack in Paisley.

Edward McDowall, 58, Robert McDowall, 39, Edward McDowall Jnr, 34, Lynsey McBride, 31 and Daniel McCrudden, 20, are accused of targeting the victim at George Street in the town on January 30.

Prosecutor­s claim the man was chased and struck by a vehicle and then threatened by the five accused, who were said to have been brandishin­g weapons, including poles and sticks.

The group is then said to have made threats to the man, whose identity is not known, during the incident.

Edward McDowall of George Street, Paisley, Robert McDowall of Seedhill Road, Paisley, and McCrudden of Dundonald Road, also Paisley, all denied the charges against them when they made a brief appearance at Paisley Sheriff Court this week.

McBride, of Blackstoun Road, Paisley, and Edward McDowall Jnr, of Blackstoun Oval, Paisley, were not present for the hearing before Sheriff Suhkwinder Gill.

Defence agent Mark Chambers, representi­ng McBride, said he had not received any word from his client to explain her absence.

The court heard that Edward McDowall Jnr was unable to attend the hearing because he was in hospital following an attack.

Procurator fiscal depute Abbas Ali said prosecutor­s were happy not to oppose bail requests from defence agent Charlie McCusker representi­ng the three accused who were present at court.

However, a warrant was granted for McBride and Edward McDowall Jnr was given an invitation warrant to attend court for when he is able to.

Court papers allege the five were aggressive, shouted, swore, broke a window and a drove a vehicle, striking a man, whose identity remains unknown, and knocked him to the ground.

They are also claimed to brandished weapons, including sticks and poles, and to have threatened the victim with violence, and placed him in a state of fear or alarm.

They are also accused of committing the offence while on bail.

They are expected to stand trial in Paisley on August 26, with a pre-trial hearing set for July 27.

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