Glasgow & West Scotland

Man in court over Glasgow street murder

Craig Perks
Image caption Mr Perks was killed during a work trip to Glasgow

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a TV installer who had been on a work trip to Scotland.

Matthews Rees, 28, is accused of killing 27-year-old Craig Perks, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, in central Glasgow on 16 January.

Co-accused Mark Lennox, 28, faces an allegation that he assaulted Mr Perks to his injury on the same date.

Both men entered not guilty pleas at the High Court in Glasgow and had bail continued pending trial next year.

Mr Perks is believed to have been in Glasgow at the time to fit plasma televisions at Celtic Park.

It is alleged that Mr Rees, from the city's Toryglen area, pursued Mr Perks and threatened him before grabbing and struggling with him.

Neck compressed

He is then accused of repeatedly punching and kicking Mr Perks before striking him on the head with a gas canister or similar instrument.

Mr Perks is also said to have been repeatedly struck with a belt, held down and had his neck compressed.

Mr Rees is also alleged to have stopped people coming to the aid of Mr Perks.

During the preliminary hearing at the High Court in Glasgow, he pleaded not guilty and lodged a special defence of self defence.

Co-accused Mark Lennox, from the city's Dennistoun area, pleaded not guilty to assault.

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