• STV
  • MySTV

‘Red Rose’ murderer fails in appeal bid

William Gage, who is in jail for the murder of Justin McAlroy, asked to be released following the death of his father.

‘Red Rose’ murderer fails in appeal bid

A man who is serving life for the hit-man murder of a millionaire's son has failed in his latest bid to be released from jail.

William Gage, 38 - who has been protesting his innocence for almost eight years - asked appeal judges on Wednesday to let him return to his family because his dad had just died.

In what became known as the "Red Rose" murder, Gage was found guilty of gunning down Justin McAlroy in Acacia Way, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, as he returned home to his pregnant wife.

Widow Tracey McAlroy later told a trial she would always remember the staring eyes of the hooded assassin who pumped five bullets into her husband as he stepped out of his Mercedes. The trial in Glasgow had heard 30-year-old McAlroy was murdered over a £50,000 drug debt.

Gage, originally of Hillhead, Glasgow, had already lost one attempt to overturn his conviction but the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission - which examines possible miscarriages of justice - has asked the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh to take another look.

Defence QC Margaret Scott told the court on Wednesday there were "substantial" grounds for the appeal and that Gage's father had passed away after a terminal illness on January 12. Ms Scott said: "Gage seeks to be with his family and support them. He has been in custody since 2002."

Advocate depute Alex Prentice QC told the court the application should be refused. He said: "It was premeditated murder involving the use of a firearm in a residential street in the evening."

Lord Reed, sitting with Lord Kingarth and Lord Carloway, told Gage they were not persuaded that he should be released, pending the outcome of his new appeal. The judge said the court extended its sympathy in light of the recent tragic events but this was not grounds alone and the application was refused. A date for the appeal has not yet been set.

After the fatal shooting in March 2002 it was revealed McAlroy had been living a double life. His father, builder Tommy McAlroy owned Dalziel Country Park and Golf Club and also had hotel and property interests.

But Justin McAlroy was dealing heroin and a detective from the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency told the trial that he had been a target for surveillance for three years.
 

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. At least 6 characters please. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
At least 6 characters please
ShowHide
This field is required. At least 6 characters please.
You have to be 16 or over to join
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
Type your full postcode and select your address This field is required. It doesn't look like you've entered a valid postcode. Can't find your address? Confirm the details you've given us are correct by clicking here

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, including our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Any issues contact us.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.