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Javaid Ali murder trial: Witness guilt 'preposterous'

Javaid Ali
Image caption Mr Ali died in hospital after being stabbed in his shop in Paisley

One of five men incriminated by a murder accused of fatally stabbing a shopkeeper has said claims he carried out the killing were "preposterous".

Russell Hudson, 31, told the High Court in Glasgow he was at home with his family when the attack took place.

He was giving evidence at the trial of Lee Anderson, 31, who denies murdering Javaid Ali in Paisley on 15 June 2012.

Mr Anderson has lodged special defences of alibi and incrimination naming five men, including Mr Hudson.

The court has already heard that Mr Ali made a 999 call at 17:07 and told the operator: "I've been stabbed in the neck."

He was rushed to hospital unconscious and died from his injuries on 29 June 2012 without re-gaining consciousness.

Mr Hudson was asked by prosecutor John Scullion: "Did you stab Javaid Ali," and he replied: "No."

Mr Scullion then asked: "Were you in the Sunshine Grocers on June 15, 2012," and Mr Hudson said: "No."

Mr Hudson was then asked again if he had stabbed Mr Ali and replied: "No, it's preposterous."

The witness told the jury that he was at home with his mother, nephew and niece, when Mr Ali was stabbed.

Mr Hudson was asked by defence QC Brian McConnachie if he had threatened to give Mr Ali a doing. He denied this.

Mr McConnachie said: "You said to him he needed a good doing and you were going to give him it," and Mr Hudson replied: "No, I did not."

He did admit, however, to having an argument with Mr Ali over £5 he had been given on credit.

The trial before temporary judge Sean Murphy QC continues.

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