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Darren Johnstone cleared of murdering James Baillie in Hamilton

Darren Johnstone
Image caption Former boxing champion Darren Johnstone has been cleared of murder and attempted murder charges

A former boxing champion has been cleared of murdering a man and attempting to murder his mother.

Darren Johnstone, 32, alleged to have attacked 41-year-old James Baillie and his mother Edith in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, on 23 July last year.

The ex-British Masters champion was acquitted after a jury returned not proven verdicts on both charges.

Mr Johnstone had lodged a special defence of incrimination against his brother Douglas and two other men.

He was cleared following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Mr Baillie and his 64-year-old mother were attacked following a row with a number of people in Buchanan Crescent, Hamilton, at about 21:00 on 23 July.

He sustained a serious head injury while his mother had serious injuries to her arm, head and face.

Mr Baillie, who lived in Buchanan Crescent, was also assaulted earlier that evening.

The 41-year-old was taken to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride following the second attack, where he died days later.

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