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Azeem and Zeeshan Aslam face Anthony Dryden murder charge

Anthony Dryden
Image caption Anthony Dryden died in hospital the day after the alleged attack

Two men are to stand trial accused of murdering a man who died following an altercation in North Lanarkshire.

Azeem and Zeeshan Aslam are charged with killing 42-year-old Anthony Dryden in Airdrie on 23 March this year.

The pair are alleged to have followed him into a rear garden before it is alleged he was repeatedly struck with a baseball bat and a piece of wood.

The accused, aged 25 and 23, appeared at the High Court in Glasgow where a trial date was set for October.

Mr Dryden, who was from Motherwell, died in Monklands Hospital the day after the alleged attack.

Other charges

Both accused are also alleged to have conspired with others to "disrupt and damage" the activities of Hamid Shah - described on the indictment as a "business rival".

This includes a claim that in October last year, they started a fire at Nico's Takeaway in Airdrie after breaking into the premises.

It is further alleged they told Mohammed Abdullah that the takeaway would be burnt down unless he paid £150 per week. It is alleged this charge was racially aggravated.

Zeeshan Aslam faces a separate accusation of a breach of the peace against Hamid Shah on the same date of the alleged murder.

Both accused face a final charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by concealing a baseball bat at a store in Airdrie.

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