Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll was a maniac, witness tells murder trial

A GANGLAND figure shot dead in a supermarket car park was “a maniac”, a court has heard.

Steven Glen, 26, a former drug dealer, told a jury about a meeting he had with Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll moments before he was gunned down outside an Asda store in Robroyston, Glasgow.

He was giving evidence on Tuesday at the trial of Ross Monaghan, 30, who denies murdering Mr Carroll while acting with others on 13 January, 2010.

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Monaghan has lodged a special defence of incrimination, blaming others who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Mr Glen told the court he heard a few “cracks” and saw two masked men shooting into the Audi A3 that Mr Carroll was in.

Monaghan’s QC, Derek Ogg, asked him if he thought the Gerbil was “out of control?”, and he replied: “He was a maniac. I know that.”

The court heard that Mr Carroll was trying to “move in” on other drug dealers and, during their conversation in the car park, had told Mr Glen, an “independent”, he would be working for him from then on.

Mr Glen told the court a friend of his was “watching his back” from the supermarket café.

Mr Ogg asked: “Had you heard stories about the Gerbil torturing people, maiming and disfiguring people?” He said: “Yes.”

The QC went on: “About him digging out the tongues of people from their mouths?”

Mr Glen replied: “I hadn’t heard that.”

Mr Ogg said: “But you were absolutely terrified at the prospect of being abducted?”

The witness said: “Yes.”

Mr Glen said: “I just wanted someone to know what had happened to me if he took me away. There was no-one I could have went to who could fight with Gerbil. Nobody in the whole of Glasgow would f*** with him.”

The trial continues.