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Claim hitman was paid £10,000 to shoot John Finnegan

John Finnegan
John Finnegan was shot while waking in Neilston's Bank Street last year

A murder trial has heard claims that a hitman was paid £10,000 to shoot a man in an East Renfrewshire village.

John Finnegan, 48, died in hospital after being shot in the face in Bank Street, Neilston, on 27 October 2011.

James McCarron, 33, and Francis Coates, 36, deny murdering Mr Finnegan.

Their trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard defence claims that William Burns, acting on orders from Stewart Gillespie, paid Armour Donnell to carry out the shooting.

At the start of the trial, Mr Coates' legal team lodged a special defence of incrimination.

'Stab wounds'

The jury was told that, if a killing occurred, it was carried out by Armour Donnell.

He is said to have been paid £10,000 by William Burns - otherwise known as Basil - while acting on the orders of Stewart Gillespie, of Paisley, Renfrewshire.

The court was told that Mr Gillespie himself is now dead due to "fatal stab wounds sustained in his home" earlier this year.

Mr Coates and Mr McCarron - who both deny the charge - have also each lodged a special defence of alibi.

The trial, before temporary judge Michael O'Grady QC, continues.

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