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Man faces trial over Glasgow 'crime spree' murder

John Baker Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption John Baker died after being stabbed in the street

A 24-year old man is to stand trial accused of murdering a pensioner during a crime spree in Glasgow.

Peter Telfer is charged with stabbing and killing 76-year old John Baker in the Bridgeton area on 29 June.

He is also accused of robbing one woman at knifepoint earlier that day and assaulting another with intent to rob.

Mr Telfer appeared at the High Court in Glasgow, where his lawyer entered not guilty pleas. Judge Lady Rae set a trial due to start in April next year.

Prosecutors allege that Mr Telfer followed Mr Baker in the early hours of 29 June, seized hold of him and repeatedly stabbed him with a knife or similar item.

Bus shelter struggle

The 24 year-old also allegedly took cash from Mr Baker, who was left so severely injured that he later died in the city's Royal Infirmary.

It is also claimed that on 28 June, he targeted Victoria Weston at an entrance to the city's Central Station.

The accusation includes allegations he approached her from behind, brandished a knife before robbing her handbag after a struggle.

Image caption Mr Baker was found with stab wounds in the Bridgeton area

It is further alleged that on the same day he carried out a similar attack on Karen Bowman at a bus shelter in the city's Trongate.

The indictment states he held a blade towards her neck and attempted to steal her bag.

Mr Telfer faces a further charge that he acted in a threatening manner that day in that he did "threaten to rob and kill somebody".

It includes another claim he followed three unknown women.

Mr Telfer, who is also accused of having a knife and possessing cannabis, faces a separate charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Prosecutors state he threatened to kill Thomas Muir if he told anyone of Mr Telfer's alleged crimes.

It is also claimed Mr Telfer burned clothes worn during the incidents.

Mr Telfer is said to have carried out the murder and the other crimes after a sheriff granted him bail on 27 June.

He finally faces earlier accusations that he used a knife to try and rob a shop in the city's Shettleston area and of having a knife in a public place.

During the appearance at the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Telfer's lawyer Thomas Ross entered not guilty pleas to the charges.

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