Youth, 14, among seven accused of murdering man in street

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy and six men are on trial accused of murdering a 22-year-old man in a Glasgow street.

The boy – who was 13 at the time – and co-accused Craig Dodwell, 20, James McLauchlin, 21, Steven Gracey, 21, Mark Thomson, 19, Damien McDowel, 20, and David McKay, 24, all Glasgow, all deny murdering Kieran Crawford in Forge Street, Glasgow, on 24 May last year.

It is alleged they chased him, kicked, punched and stamped on him, hit him with a pole, bricks and bottles and stabbed him with a knife or similar instrument.

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Dodwell, McLauchlin, Gracey, McKay and Christopher Boyce, 23, deny attempting to murder Andrew Bain by chasing him, striking him with a car, kicking, punching and stamping on him, striking him with bottles and throwing a beer can at him.

Mr Crawford's mother Susan Langan, 43, told Glasgow High Court yesterday she last saw her son on Saturday, 23 May, around lunchtime. She told prosecutor Iain McSporran: "He was talking clothes to his friend Andy Bain."

The court was told Mr Crawford did not return home that night, but phoned his mother the following morning.

Ms Langan said: "He said he was going to watch the football."

Hours later she received a call from her daughter, Arlene. Mrs Langan said: "We went to the Royal Infirmary. When we got there, we were told Kieran was in a bad way and wasn't going to make it." She was later told he had died.

Earlier Ms Langan, who has lived in Roystonhill for most of her life, was asked if there were difficulties between people from the Roystonhill and Germiston areas of Glasgow and replied: "Yes."

The trial continues.