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Two men cleared of murdering Gary Weir in Glasgow

The charges against John Kelly and John Graham were dropped at the city's high court.

Court: Gary Weir, 24, was stabbed to death on August 7 last year.
Court: Gary Weir, 24, was stabbed to death on August 7 last year.

Two men have been cleared of murdering Gary Weir in a brawl near a 21st birthday party in Glasgow.

Charges of murder and attempted murder were withdrawn against John Kelly and John Graham, both 21, at the High Court in Glasgow.

Michael Gentles, 21, from Glasgow, is still on trial accused of murdering Mr Weir on Old Shettleston Road, Glasgow, in the early hours of August 7 last year.

Five men originally went on trial accused of murder but four of the accused have now walked free.

The jury has heard a fight broke out when revellers from a 21st birthday party at Shettleston Juniors Social Club and the nearby Marquis Bar clashed.

Mr Weir was stabbed in the heart and died, the court was told, and three of his friends - David Shannon, Gary Phinn and James Phinn - were also stabbed in the incident.

In evidence, Mr Kelly told prosecutor Bill McVicar he saw Gentles fighting with a knife.

'I saw him with a knife. I saw him with it in his hand. When he was fighting with people I think he was using it against them'
John Kelly

Mr Kelly, 22, said: "He was fighting with one person and then I saw him with another person. I think he was just going from person to person.

"I saw him with a knife. I saw him with it in his hand. When he was fighting with people I think he was using it against them"

Mr McVicar asked the witness: "What did you see Michael Gentles doing?"

He replied: "Grabbing people and punching into them with his right hand. The knife was in his right hand. I was shocked, I just couldn't believe it."

Mr Kelly, who has been friends with Gentles for years, told the jury he did not see anyone else with a knife.

He said he was assaulted and defended himself and then everyone left.

Mr Kelly told the court that as they walked through playing fields Gentles disappeared for a while.

Before he left Mr Kelly claimed Gentles asked his friends: "Where could I ditch this?"

Minutes later Gentles phoned his mother.

Mr Kelly told the court: "He said 'Mum you'll need to come and get us. I've just stabbed a few people. I think I've hurt them. I think I've hurt them really bad'."

Gentles' QC Ian Duguid accused Mr Kelly of being the stabber and he replied: "No, it wasn't me. I'm innocent."

He was then asked what happened to the shirt he was wearing the night Mr Weir died.

Mr Kelly replied: "I don't know where it is."

The trial before judge Lord Mulholland continues.

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