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Pair who shot gangster’s brother jailed for 23 years

Eddie Boyd was left with a shattered spine after the attack in September 2009.

Shooting: Eddie Boyd will be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.
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Two gunmen who broke into the home of the brother of a notorious Glasgow gangster and shot him five times have been jailed for a total of 23 years.

Eddie Boyd's terrified partner and seven-year-old daughter were also in his Pollok home at the time of the attempted execution.

The bullets left Mr Boyd, 48, with a severed spine and other serious injuries. He will never walk again, a court heard. The family dog was also shot after barking at the would-be assassins.

Mr Boyd's brother, Stewart "Specky" Boyd was a notorious figure in Glasgow's underworld. He died in a road crash in Spain in 2003 while under investigation for an alleged major drug trafficking operation.

Police experts called to the house in Haughburn Road last September found that 11 shots had been fired during Mr Boyd's struggle with his attackers. The weapons used were a 9mm pistol and a .32 calibre handgun, fitted with silencers.

A jury was shown photos of walls spattered with blood and ammunition littering the floor of Mr Boyd's home before the two gunmen halted the trial by pleading guilty to attempting to murder him on September 2, 2009.

And at the High Court in Edinburgh, Christopher Bailiff, 34, of Craiglockhart Crescent, Garthamlock, Glasgow, was jailed for ten years. James MacPherson, 43, of Auchengill Place, Glasgow, was jailed for 13 years because he has a worse criminal record.

"You forced entry into a person's house and a gun or guns were discharged causing very significant injury," said judge Lord Brailsford, passing sentence.

"He was permanently incapacitated and will be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

The judge said the sentences he had imposed took account of the fact that the men's admissions had spared Mr Boyd's partner, Sharon MacPherson, 36, and daughter Amber MacPherson from the ordeal of giving evidence.

Lord Brailsford added that, fortunately, the girl was in a bedroom and saw nothing but the shooting had "a profound effect" on her.

Advocate depute Tim Niven-Smith, prosecuting, told how Mr Boyd was watching television in his living room when the family dog began to growl.

Ms MacPherson, who had been doing the ironing, went to investigate and, as she opened the front door, she was confronted by the gunmen. They overpowered her and pushed their way inside as she tried to close the door, yelling "Run Eddie".

Ms MacPherson ran into the street for help. Mr Niven-Smith said: "She heard what she described as three 'click' sounds and assumed that this was the sounds of the handguns being fired at her partner."

As Mr Boyd grappled with his attackers he could hear his daughter shouting from the bedroom: "Dad, Dad, I'm really scared."

The two men sped away in a silver BMW, striking a glancing blow against the car of a passer-by who had stopped to help Ms MacPherson.

The BMW - with false number plates - was later found burning in Swinton Place, Glasgow.

Bailiff was caught because he had left a palm print on Mr Boyd's front door. MacPherson had also left a fingerprint there.
 

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