Two men on trial for racially aggravated murder of Irish labourer

Two men have gone on trial charged with racially aggravated murder after a 57-year-old man died of severe injuries.

Asif Rehman, 20, and Adel Ishaq, 19, are accused of punching, kicking and stamping on William McKeeney in a prolonged attack just yards from his home in Pollokshields, Glasgow.

Mr McKeeney, originally from County Donegal in Ireland, died in the city's Victoria Infirmary following the alleged attack on January 15.

Rehman and Ishaq, both prisoners at Polmont Young Offenders Institution, deny racially aggragated murder and showing previous malice and ill will towards him.

Rehman is said to have been on bail at the time of the alleged offence. He also denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by returning to the scene wearing different clothes, and possessing cannabis and diazepam.

Ishaq denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by giving clothing and footwear to Umar Bhatti, who allegedly burned and destroyed them, and attempting to induce Bashir Ahmed to give him £500 so he could flee Glasgow.

Ishaq further denies acting in a manner likely to cause fear and alarm by using abusive and threatening language towards Ian Little in Kenmuir Street, Pollokshields, on the day before the alleged attack on Mr McKeeney. He also denies possessing diazepam.

The trial at the High Court at Kilmarnock and is expected to last two weeks.