Man to stand trial accused of killing father-of-seven in lane

Derek Paterson is accused of killing Steven Johnson after allegedly pinning him against a wall and repeatedly punching him.

A man is to stand trial charged with killing a father-of-seven in a lane.

Derek Pearson, 46, allegedly attacked Steven Johnson in Aberdeen on March 12 2023.

It is alleged he ran at the 50-year-old and pinned him against a wall with his elbow in the city’s Carmelite Lane.

The culpable homicide charge claims Pearson struggled with Mr Johnson and then repeatedly punched him causing the man to fall.

Mr Johnson is said to have struck his head off the road and a parked car.

Prosecutors state he ended up unconscious and was left so severely hurt that he passed away two days later in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Among other charges Pearson faces is that he also allegedly assaulted a woman to her injury on the same date and place.

This includes claims he twisted her arms as well grabbed her by the head and neck.

Lawyers for Pearson pleaded not guilty on his behalf during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

A trial was fixed and is scheduled to begin in February 2025.

Pearson, also of Aberdeen, remains on bail meantime.

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