Unexplained: What happens when families and police disagree on cause of death?

Norah Connelly and Stephanie Bonner have become firm friends since the deaths of their sons - and they want answers.

The sudden death of a child is unimaginable.

But two mothers believe they are living through something even more painful — not knowing why their sons never came home.

Norah Connelly and Stephanie Bonner have become friends; bonded by the shared tragedy of losing their beloved boys in circumstances they fear may never be explained.

Trainee chef Johnny Connelly, who had mild learning difficulties, was walking home from work when he disappeared. A week later, the 28-year-old’s body was recovered from a canal.


Two days after Johnny’s death, 19-year-old “gentle giant” Rhys Bonner was reported missing. His half-naked body was found in marshland a fortnight later.

Norah and Stephanie are convinced some people know what happened and have vowed to never give up until they get justice for their sons.

With the first anniversary of their deaths this month, the grieving mums spoke with Kelly-Ann Woodland for a Scotland Tonight report to be broadcast on STV at 7.30pm on Thursday.

Stephanie said: “He was a big gentle giant. He loved life. I’ve got his ashes but I’m never going to do anything with them until I’ve got answers.”


Norah said: “Help me get a wee bit of closure. If my son’s death had been an illness or an accident, I could grieve naturally. But I can’t grieve until I get some peace in my heart.”

Rhys Bonner, 19 years old

Disappeared: July 24, 2019 from Barlanark, Glasgow.

Body found: August 8, in marshland three miles away.

Death certificate: “Unascertained”

Rhys Bonner’s badly decomposed remains were found semi-submerged in marshland on the outskirts of Glasgow’s east end. He had no obvious reason to be there. He had no shoes or socks on and was naked from the waist down.

Mum Stephanie believes someone was either directly responsible for killing Rhys, was involved in somehow causing his death or, at least, knows what happened.


She and her family are highly critical of Police Scotland and have made an official complaint.

Rhys Bonner’s family have been highly critical of the police.

When Rhys did not return home, Stephanie discovered he was last seen in the company of an older woman.

His family reported Rhys missing — and shared their concerns — but felt Police Scotland were dismissive. A year later, the family’s opinion has sunk even further. All trust has gone.

Using their own initiative, the family secured CCTV of Rhys and learned he had been with the woman a few miles north of their home in Barlanark.

A witness spotted them on a path behind modern, red-brick houses on Blacader Drive in Gartloch Village, which is set in a semi-rural swathe of green on the map, belying its proximity to the inner city.

The family couldn’t convince police to search with sniffer dogs or a helicopter. Instead, they and friends mobilised to comb the dense, waterlogged expanse.

Stephanie Bonner visited the site where Rhys’ body was found.

Around a week after going missing, items of Rhys’s clothing were found in the marshland but another week passed until a police drone spotted his bright yellow Celtic top in a cluster of trees.

Stephanie said: “They found his clothes and a trainer was up a tree. Then they found a sock. Then they found his other trainer and then his jogging trousers.

“How did they not find his body until a week later? Did they not search in the same area to find him that day?”

When Rhys left home he had been wearing a baseball cap. The family found it in the women’s close and handed it to police who, they say, appeared uninterested.

In their complaint, the family allege the police failed to conduct basic enquiries, before and after his body was found, and did not publicly appeal for witnesses.

For weeks, Stephanie’s parents gathered to lay flowers at the spot where they had been led to believe Rhys was found — until a local resident approached them.

The resident had filmed phone footage of four police marine unit officers in distinctive red uniforms using ropes to remove Rhys’s remains.

Not only was the clip hugely distressing, the family realised their floral tributes were 800 feet from where his body had actually been found.

Stephanie said: “A concerned neighbour said ‘the police are showing you the wrong bit; your mum and dad are laying flowers and we just feel so sorry’.

“Every time I go to bed, that’s all I see at night, that’s my son, my wee child. It’s just devastating.”

Stephanie believes the police prematurely dismissed Rhys’s death as non-suspicious and, having done so, any potential evidence of criminality was lost forever. It also means they cannot back down.

She said: “They said it wasn’t criminal — they said that straight away. I was trying to figure out how they’re saying it’s not criminal. And when the video came, I said that’s how it’s not been criminal, because they’ve not acted, they’ve not tried to get any evidence.

“It doesn’t matter what happened to Rhys, they weren’t going to do anything about it.”

This apparent misinformation about the location of where Rhys’s was found, the “disrespectful” treatment of his body and alleged failures to secure evidence are central to the family’s complaint.

Stephanie, aged 17 when Rhys was born, says he was a “family boy” who loved basketball and would often go shopping for her and take his wee sisters to the park.

He was tall and handsome, but scared of spiders and the dark. Stephanie says he would never have gone into the area where he was found.

For Scotland Tonight, Stephanie made her first visit to where Rhys was found and appealed to anyone with information, adding: “Just don’t be scared. Please come forward and just tell me anything at all, it doesn’t matter if it’s just a wee thing.”

Chief inspector Patrick Murphy says Rhys’s death was “fully investigated” with “no criminality” established and that a report was submitted to the Crown Office.

He added: “We are in regular contact with his family to keep them updated on any new information and keeping them fully informed is a priority for us.

“A complaint about the police has been received from Rhys’s mother which is under consideration by our Professional Standards Department, therefore we are unable to comment further at this stage.”

Johnny Connelly, 28 years old

Disappeared: July 15, 2019, from Glasgow city centre

Body found: July 22, in canal on route home.

Death certificate: Blank

When Norah Connelly gets up each day she has a chat with her son Johnny, who died one year ago.

She told Scotland Tonight: “Every morning I wake up and look at Johnny’s photo and say ‘maybe today’s the day we’re going to get justice Johnny’.”

The trainee chef, kids’ football coach and amateur goalkeeper had gone into Glasgow city centre one evening last July to ask his boss about overdue wages.

Having left with an assurance his pay would be deposited in the bank, he had no option but to walk home to Milton in north Glasgow.

When he did not return to Norah that night, she instinctively knew something had happened. A week spent anxiously watching every stopping bus was in vain. Then came the devastating confirmation from a police officer.

Johnny Connelly with his twin sister Norah and elder sister Michelle.

Johnny’s body was found in the canal beside the Speirs Wharf, a residential development at Port Dundas, perched above the M8 motorway and central Glasgow.

The following month, Police Scotland appealed for information, saying they believe he was injured during “an incident” in an underpass at nearby Garscube Road. They later said there may have been “some sort of altercation”.

Such was her devastation, Norah says she “wanted to jump in” to the canal, adding: “I thought my life was over. I wanted to be with my boy. Johnny had been with me for 28 years.”

Norah says that due to his learning difficulties Johnny was vulnerable, with little sense of danger. She said: “Because he was such a nice person, he thought everybody was like him. He was very trusting.”

For three months, the authorities withheld Johnny’s body before finally allowing his family to lay him to rest.

Last week, on the first anniversary of his disappearance, Norah visited the canal for the first time since the funeral. Joined by family and friends, she laid flowers and wept.

A friend gifted her a DVD in which Johnny plays Greg Hemphill’s character Victor McDade in a college production of sitcom Still Game.

Norah, who had never before seen her son’s comedy acting, said: “I’m gong to treasure that.”

Norah Connelly and Stephanie Bonner have formed a bond.

Speaking after the emotional gathering under dark grey skies, she said: “I feel as if my son’s not at peace because he knows his ma’s not at peace. And maybe when I’m at peace and get to know what’s happened, my son will get peace.”

In January this year, police released new information in a fresh public appeal. They said three white men, aged 30 to 45 and wearing jeans and sports clothing, could have “vital information”.

Norah does not know if Johnny was attacked and fell into the canal while trying to escape or whether he was assaulted then thrown in.

She added: “I believe the people who were involved knew he was in that water and they’ve left him there. They’ve never phoned any emergency services. They’ve just walked away.

“I hope they have nightmares about it because I have nightmares of my son lying in that canal for a week.”

Unlike the family of Rhys Bonner, she is mostly satisfied with the police response, singling out a sergeant who attended Johnny’s funeral while off duty and left flowers at a memorial bench.

However, she struggles to understand why a blank space remains on his death certificate.

She said: “They can’t tell me how my son died. I can’t get my head around how this day and age a pathologist can’t tell how somebody died. I’m left in limbo.”

She hoped to learn more at a meeting with Crown Office officials and police officers on March 31. But it was cancelled due to coronavirus lockdown and is due to be rescheduled.

Many people have struggled with lockdown. For Norah, it was “a total nightmare”. She said: “I was sitting in that house for three months on my own with the mental torture because I’ve not got any answers.”

She and her two daughters remain cautiously optimistic that a breakthrough will come one day.

She said: “I keep praying for a miracle that somebody comes forward with information because I do believe that whatever happened to Johnny has been spoken about. There are people who do know and I plead with them — please come forward.

“I could be your mother sitting her today. Your mother would want justice for you. It’s a living hell. He was a good boy who never deserved that.”

Radiating maternal love and pride, she added: “He’ll never be forgotten. Johnny touched a lot of people’s hearts when he was living and he’s still touching people’s hearts today. That’s the kind of boy he was. Once you met him you never forgot him.”

Police Scotland say their investigation is ongoing. Detective Inspector John Morrison added: “A team of officers continues to work on the John Connelly inquiry and we are in close contact with his family, who are kept up to date with any relevant developments.”

Scotland records highest daily rate of new Covid-19 cases

Almost 3000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, figures have shown.

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Coronavirus: Almost 3000 new cases reported.

Scotland has recorded the highest number of daily cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, figures released by the Scottish Government have shown.

On Wednesday, it was revealed five people have died and 2989 new cases have been reported overnight.

The previous record was 2649 new cases on January 7, 2021.

It brings the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7701.


The daily test positivity rate was 7.3%, down from 9.1% the previous day, according to figures published by the Scottish Government on Wednesday.

There were 171 people in hospital on Tuesday with recently confirmed Covid-19 – down one in 24 hours – and 18 people in intensive care.

So far 3,681,620 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 2,617,450 have received their second dose.

Hillwalker missing after taking selfie on Ben Nevis

Sarah Buick, 25, was last pictured at the summit of Scotland's highest mountain on Tuesday morning.

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Missing: Sarah Buick was last pictured at the summit of Ben Nevis on Tuesday morning.

Police have launched a search for a missing woman last seen at the top of Scotland’s highest mountain.

Sarah Buick, 25, took a selfie at the summit of Ben Nevis at around 5am on Tuesday, but has not been seen or heard from since.

Ms Buick, an experienced walker from Dundee, hiked from the Lower Falls area of Glen Nevis.

Following her summit of Ben Nevis she may have walked to other locations or intended to return using a similar route to descend to Glen Nevis.


Ms Buick is around 5ft 3in, slim, with long brown hair. At the time of going missing, she was wearing a light green jacket and was carrying an orange rucksack. 

Inspector Nick Hough said: “As time goes on we are becoming increasingly concerned for Sarah.

“She is an experienced walker and often makes trips alone, but it is very unlike her to be out of contact with friends and family for this length of time. 

“We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the Ben Nevis or Glen Nevis area over the last 36 hours and has seen anything which may help our searches to please get in touch.” 


If you have any information, call 101.

Driver on the run as car used to mow down police officer found

The attempted murder happened in Eglinton Place, Kilwinning, at around 1.30am on Tuesday.

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Police: The driver is still on the run following the attempted murder.

A car used to mow down a police officer in North Ayrshire has been recovered by detectives.

The driver is still on the run following the attempted murder, which happened in Eglinton Place, Kilwinning, at around 1.30am on Tuesday.

Two uniformed officers were on their way to assist colleagues with an inquiry when a blue Ford Focus was deliberately driven at one of them.

The 28-year-old female officer was struck by the car. She sustained serious leg injuries and was taken to University Hospital Crosshouse for surgery, where she remains.


The driver fled the scene, but the Focus – with the registration EJ62 YFL – was later found at around 3.15pm on Tuesday at the rear of Baidland Avenue in Dalry.

Extensive enquiries are ongoing to trace the suspect, who is believed to have escaped in a dark saloon vehicle.

Detective inspector Stephen McCulloch said: “This was a very serious incident, which has left the victim requiring surgery, and we are continuing to provide support to the officer, her family and colleagues.

“We have managed to trace the vehicle involved, however it remains absolutely critical that anyone with information which could help us identify and find the suspect comes forward.


“We are appealing to any road users who were in the surrounding area in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and may have seen the Ford Focus or a dark saloon vehicle driving at speed, to please get in touch.

“In particular we would urge any motorists with dashcams, who were travelling through at the time, to check their footage in case they have managed to capture either of these vehicles or anything else which could be of significance.”

If you have any information, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman’s shock at MND diagnosis following years of dancing

Natalie Rushton from East Kilbride initially thought her symptoms were dancing injuries.

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A young woman who had danced from the age of two has spoken of her shock after being diagnosed with MND at just 21. 

Natalie Rushton from East Kilbride was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease five months ago, and initially thought her symptoms were injuries caused by years of dancing. 

“I just thought of people dying and that it was only for older people. I never thought younger people would have it. I was in shock to be honest,” Natalie explained.


MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. 

This can cause sufferers to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided and there is no cure or effective treatment.

“What they said was it wasn’t a strain I was going to die of yet, it’s progressive muscular atrophy. My muscles are basically wasting away and at the moment it’s just confined to my legs,” Natalie said.

“They now say obviously it can reclassify if it starts spreading through the body.”

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Natalie with mum Gillian, who has been a huge support since her diagnosis.

Natalie found her diagnosis extremely difficult, and decided to keep the news strictly to close friends and family. 

She was forced to call her father who lives in Aberdeen to tell him the news, unable to see him in person due to lockdown restrictions. 

“For about two or three weeks I was very disengaged, not really talking. It wasn’t until about three weeks before it properly sank in with me when I did all the research.

“I didn’t stop crying for about two days.”

Natalie walks with crutches but now needs a wheelchair for any longer trips. 

Despite her diagnosis, she has gone on to raise more than £2000 for MND Scotland to help fund vital research. 

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Natalie took part in a fun run to help raise more than £2000 for MND Scotland.

“There are days when I think I hope there is a cure one day, because even if it stops it just from progressing, it would make my life easier as well,” she said.


“I think, will I have leg use in six months time or is it just going to be five years time, because I just don’t know.”

Iain McWhirter, MND Scotland’s interim chief executive, has thanked Natalie for sharing her story ahead of the charity’s 40th anniversary on June 23. 

“It’s important to remember that MND isn’t rare, with a lifetime risk being one in 300,” he said.

“That’s why during our 40th anniversary we’re appealing to the public to help us to fund even more research, so that we can find a cure much, much quicker.”

Natalie said that while she is scared of what the future will bring, she is determined to stay positive. 

“It’s scary to think that eventually my legs are going to go but at the same time, I know my legs are going to go eventually one day, so at the moment I’m just taking every day as it comes,” she said.

“I’ve been given this card so I’m just trying to make the most of life basically.”

To donate to MND Scotland, click here.

Public urged not to approach teen who breached curfew

Jamie Bain, 19, breached the terms of his home detention curfew and may have connections in the Edinburgh area.

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Curfew: Public warned not to approach Jamie Bain.

An appeal has been launched to find a teenager who has breached the terms of his home detention curfew.

The public have been warned not to approach Jamie Bain, who is believed to have connections in Edinburgh and the Borders.

The 19-year-old was recently released from Her Majesty’s Young Offenders Institute in Polmont.

He is white, with light brown/blonde hair, 5ft 9in and of slim build.


Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2584 of June 4.

Those wishing to provide information anonymously can do so through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

FM thought ‘One Britain One Nation’ campaign was a spoof

Nicola Sturgeon said that the campaign is 'ludicrous'.

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The campaign received backing from the Department for Education.

Nicola Sturgeon has said she thought a new campaign which aims to encourage school children to sing a patriotic song about Britain was a “spoof”.

The campaign, which has received backing from the UK Government, was founded by a retired police inspector and seeks to “promote, rejoice and celebrate the successes of our people under the common and collective identity of being British”.

It would see school children participate in ‘One Britain One Nation (OBON) Day’ on Friday from 10am.

The song includes lyrics such as: “We are Britain and we have one dream. To unite all people in one great team. Strong Britain. Great Nation. Strong Britain. Great Nation.”


The Department for Education (DfE) said it is encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate OBON Day on Friday, so “children can learn about our shared values of kindness, pride and respect”.

But, No 10 said the DfE had not asked anyone to sing songs or to promote any specific materials for One Britain One Nation day

The campaign has faced criticism online including from Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, with Sturgeon calling the campaign “ludicrous”.

“I have to say when I saw it on social media yesterday I assumed it was a spoof, I didn’t think it was real,” said the First Minister.


“I’m trying to imagine the outrage there would be if the Scottish Government was insisting or even encouraging Scottish school kids to sing some song about how great Scotland is.

“People would be – and rightly so – up in arms about it. It’s ludicrous and it perhaps says everything about the disinterest the UK Government has in Scotland that they’re asking this to happen on the day Scottish schools go off on their holiday.

“Every aspect of it is ludicrous and I think it says sadly so much that we know about the misguided priorities, the hypocrisy and just the ridiculous nature of a lot of what this UK Government is doing.

“Meanwhile, EU citizens that have been here for most of the lives and are working so hard to help make the country what it is are having to jump through hoops to stay here.”   

Speaking to ITV Border, Scottish secretary Alister Jack said: “Well, it’s a matter for school children and their teachers.

“I’ve heard the song, I mean, it’s about British values of tolerance, of pride, of fairness.

“But as I say, it’s entirely a matter for teachers in schools as to how they want to do it.


“I wouldn’t be telling them what they should or shouldn’t do.”

Yousaf says his ‘door is open’ amidst nurses’ pay dispute

Concerns were raised in a letter sent to the health secretary by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

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The RCN said that pay for nurses has not kept pace with the cost of living.

Humza Yousaf has said that his “door is open” after members of a nursing union formally lodged a trade dispute with the Scottish Government over pay.

Concerns were raised in a letter sent to the health secretary by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on Wednesday.

In the letter, RCN Scotland board chair Julie Lamberth wrote that members have “serious concerns regarding the recruitment and retention of the nursing workforce in Scotland and the impact this has on patient care”.

She also said that nursing pay has “not kept pace” with the cost of living and that the Scottish Government’s NHS pay offer “falls far short” of the RCN’s call for a “significant pay rise that applies equally across all bands”.


In May, the Scottish Government announced a pay deal that will see most health care workers receive a 4% rise.  

Lamberth said: “The Scottish Government has relied on the good will of nursing staff for too long. For years, we have been responding to the challenge of delivering safe and effective patient care, in the face of increasing demands, staff shortages and low pay.

“These issues have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Nursing staff are exhausted, with worrying numbers considering leaving the profession.  

“Every patient needs and deserves the best quality of care, this can only be safely achieved with the right number of nursing staff with the right skills and expertise.”


She added: “Today’s action – writing to the cabinet secretary to lodge our trade dispute – is a formal expression of our members’ frustration and concern for patient safety. We are sending a clear message that the time to value nursing as a safety critical profession is now.”

Speaking to STV News, Yousaf said that the pay deal outlined by the Scottish Government is the “best single-year deal in devolution”.

“I’ll always listen to the RCN and I’ve met with the trade unions collectively in terms of those that we negotiate with,” he said.

“And when it comes to pay negotiations, we tend to go, and we have done this in the past, we tend to go with the majority and the majority, and those that represent the majority of health care workers and NHS staff, agreed to the 4% deal, which of course is the best single-year deal in devolution.

“And remember, it’s back-dated to December last year, so it’s an incredible 16-month deal, as I say, the best single-year deal in devolution.

“So, in one sense, I’m disappointed that the RCN has taken this step, but again, my door is very open to them, I’ll continue to engage with them.

“I’ve already engaged, as I say, with the trade unions, I’ll engage directly with the RCN and I would hope that they don’t feel the need to take any further action.”


Asked if the Scottish Government can afford to risk nurses going on strike, he said: “I would hope that it wouldn’t get to that and I think it’s important that the RCN and others do challenge governments to say, ‘look, it’s not just warm words or claps at the doorstep, but you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is’.

“And I think in that respect, we’ve stepped up to the plate. We’ve got, of course, the £500 thank-you payment which has gone into the bank accounts of nurses.

“Add to that, what will be a 4% pay deal which will go into the bank accounts we hope by August of this year, we’re already implementing it, it’s back-dated to December, it’s the best single-year deal in the history of devolution.

“It’s far more significant a pay deal than other parts of the UK. So, you know, I think we’re doing everything we possibly can, but if the RCN want a further discussion with me, I look forward to engaging with them one-to-one.”

‘Police warned gym boss over his safety weeks before death’

Gary More, 32, was fatally shot yards from his doorstep in Airdrie, South Lanarkshire, on September 6, 2018.

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Murdered: Gary More, 32, was fatally shot in September 2018.

A gym owner murdered yards from his doorstep was given a police personal safety warning six weeks before his death, a court heard on Tuesday.

Detective sergeant Nick Eaton, 45, visited Gary More, 32, at his home in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, on July 23, 2018.

The evidence was heard at the trial of Neil Anderson, 45, who is on trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of acting with others in murdering Mr More by repeatedly discharging a firearm at him on September 6, 2018.

DS Eaton told jurors that he was tasked with giving Mr More a category B “personal safety advice notice”.


The court was shown the notice, which read: “I’m here to inform you that your personal safety may be at risk.”

The officer said: “I explained my reasons for being there and read over the notice.

“I asked if he had any questions and he provided ‘no comment’ in relation to that.

“I asked him to sign the document and he agreed he would, he signed it and I left the property.”


Neil Anderson’s QC Donald Findlay later asked DS Eaton if Mr More was “interested” in the document, which the officer replied: “No.”

The court then heard from Mr More’s friend and neighbour David Hughes, 41, who stated he had delivered money to an unknown man in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, for him.

Hughes later told jurors that he went to the murder scene after hearing a “noise I hadn’t heard before”.

The joiner said the man from Bothwell was beside Mr More when he arrived.

Prosecutor Liam Ewing QC asked: “What did you ask him?”

Mr Hughes replied: “Who it was that done it.”

Mr Ewing then said: “What did he say?”

Mr Hughes responded: “He could smell it. I didn’t know [what he meant], I was confused.”


The witness claimed he tried to speak to Mr More, who “made a noise as if he was trying”.

Mr Hughes stated he went to look for the emergency services, who were stopped at the bottom of the hill leading into the street.

Mr Ewing put to Mr Hughes that the court will hear that the ambulance would not attend without armed police.

Mr Hughes replied: “Yes, and a helicopter as well.”

Mr Ewing put a police statement Mr Hughes gave on February 2019 to him.

It said: “I don’t know how much [money] he owed exactly but I know it was a lot.

“I don’t know who he owed it to but he said it was the big boys, I took that to mean gangsters, crooks.”

Mr Hughes then stated in court: “He said once the big boys were out the road he would be happy.”

Mr Ewing asked: “Did he tell you he was moving and he had a big bill to clear before he could do that?”

Mr Hughes replied: “Yes.”

Jurors were then told Mr Hughes and a neighbour dropped off a vacuum bag “three inches” in width which contained money to a man in a gated Bothwell estate on July 10, 2018.

Mr Hughes claimed he next saw the man walking into Mr More’s front garden on the same day and said it was “strange”.

He then stated the next time he saw the individual again was beside Mr More at the murder scene.

Neil and David Anderson, 37, are also accused of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards Mr More by attending at his home, threatening him and demanding money.

The Andersons also face a separate allegation of being concerned in the supply of drugs between March and September 2018.

The offences are said to be aggravated by a connection to organised crime.

Both deny the allegations.

The trial continues before judge Lord Mulholland.

Number of weekly Covid deaths back in double figures

There have now been 10,150 fatalities in Scotland linked to the pandemic.

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Covid: Figures show 13 deaths were recorded in the week of June 14-20.

Weekly Covid-19 deaths in Scotland have hit the highest number in almost two months, the latest data shows.

Figures from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show 13 fatalities were recorded in the week of June 14-20.

This is up six on the previous week and is the first time the total has hit double figures since the seven days from April 26, when 19 deaths were recorded.

The coronavirus death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 10,150.


Of the deaths in the most recent week, three were people aged under 65, two were 65-74, and eight were over 75.

Four of the deaths occurred in Glasgow, two in Perth and Kinross and one each in Dundee, Falkirk, Highland, Midlothian, South Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

Ten of the deaths took place in hospitals, one was in a care home and two were at home or in a non-institutional setting.

By comparison, the number of deaths from all causes registered in Scotland in the same week was 1046 – 46, or 5%, more than the five-year average.


There were nine more deaths from circulatory causes, three more deaths from cancer and 56 more fatalities from other causes compared to the five-year average.

Deaths from respiratory diseases (-25) and dementia/Alzheimer’s (-7) were below average.

The Covid statistics are published weekly and cover all deaths registered in Scotland where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

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