POLICE compiled a list of 99 potential suspects for the shooting of gangland figure Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll, a court has heard.
The list included some of Glasgow’s best known crime families, Albanian gangsters from London and an invididual known only as “Rainbow”.
• Among the list of 99 suspects drawn up by detectives were inviduals from Glasgow and Albania.
• Many of these names on this list were familiar to DS Moran, an investigator involved in the case
• Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll was ‘not short of enemies’
• Discovery of handguns outside Coatbridge Library 13 days after murder was of ‘massive significance’
The names were read out at at the trial of 30-year-old Ross Monaghan who denies murdering Carroll by shooting him at the Asda car park in Robroyston, Glasgow, on 13 January, 2010.
Monaghan’s name was not on the list which was drawn up by Strathclyde Police intelligence officers. Sergeant David Moran, who worked on the murder investigation for a year, was asked if he knew that the list had been compiled. Defence QC Derek Ogg said: “The Crown are required to disclose to me information which may be of interest. The Crown has given a list of names to me as potential suspects of the murder of the deceased.”
DS Moran replied: “Yes.”
Mr Ogg then said: “Police intelligence at Strathclyde Police produced a list of potential suspects.” He then read out the names and asked DS Moran: “Do you recognise these names?”
DS Moran replied: “A large number of them.”
The QC added: “Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll was not short of an enemy or two some of whom were well capable of shooting him to death.”
DS Moran said: “That is the case.”
DS Moran was then asked if Mr Carroll operated at a high level in the world of organised crime and was asked to answer yes or no.
The detective replied: “I don’t feel able to give a yes or no answer.”
Judge Lord Brailsford then asked Mr Ogg how many names he had read out and was told: “Ninety-nine.”
Earlier in his evidence DS Moran told advocate depute Iain McSporran, prosecuting, that he was involved in the investigation from the first day and spent about a year working on it. He was asked about the discovery of two guns behind Coatbridge Library 13 days after Carroll was gunned down.
DS Moran was asked by Mr McSporran: “Was this finding of huge significance?”
He replied: “It was massive.”
Mr McSporran then said that ballistics experts had found that these were the two guns used by Carroll’s killers and DS Moran replied: “Yes.”
The jury heard that William Paterson, one of the men blamed by Monaghan for involvement in the shooting, picked up a one-way ticket from Glasgow to Malaga on 23 January, 2010.
Mr McSporran asked DS Moran: “He left the country and is not known to have been back?”
The detective replied: “I can confirm that.”
Monaghan denies all the charges against him and has lodged a special defence of incrimination against eight men. The trial before judge Lord Brailsford continues.