Men in court over Mary Coulter murder bid in Overtown

Mary Coulter Mary Coulter suffered head injuries and two broken arms in the attack

Three men have appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a grandmother in her home.

Derek Clark, 32, Richard Parvin, 29, and Darryl Finnie, 27, are accused of breaking into Mary Coulter's home in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, on 22 March.

It is alleged they assaulted the 76-year-old and repeatedly struck her on the head and body with a knife.

At the High Court in Glasgow, lawyers for the accused entered not guilty pleas on their behalf.

Mr Clark, Mr Parvin and 21-year-old Ethan Hughes are also accused of carrying out another attempted murder on the same day.

It is alleged Grant Murdoch was abducted and taken to Rosebank, South Lanarkshire, where he was attacked.

The charge includes a claim that Mr Murdoch had a firearm or similar item presented at him.

Mr Clark faces a further allegation that he assaulted Karim Dsouli at a property in Livingston, West Lothian, on 17 April and also demanded that he pay a sum of money.

Mr Clark, Mr Pavin and Mr Hughes deny the charges.

Judge Lord Bracadale adjourned the case until a further hearing later this year.

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