Two boys and two girls charged with murder bid in street

The teenagers deny punching, kicking and stamping on Gordon Friel in Paisley in September.

Murder bid: Teenagers appeared at the High Court in Glasgow (file pic). <strong>PA</strong>
Murder bid: Teenagers appeared at the High Court in Glasgow (file pic). PA

Four teenagers are to stand trial accused of trying to kill a man in a street attack.

Two girls, aged 15 and 16, as well as two boys, aged 17 and 15, appeared for a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

They allegedly attempted to murder Gordon Friel in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on September 24 last year.

The charge includes claims Mr Friel was repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on.


Prosecutors further allege he had his head struck off a wall knocking him unconscious.

A 13 year-old, who was also in the dock, is then said to have spat on Mr Friel as he lay out cold.

The four charged with the murder bid face a separate accusation of racially aggravated harassment towards Yao Yao and Yan Zhou in Paisley on the same day.

The 17 year-old boy is then accused of damaging property in the street.


The group, along with the 13 year-old, are also alleged to have acted in a threatening and abusive manner.

Lawyers for the five, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pled not guilty on their behalf on Monday.

Judge Lord Burns set a trial due to start in June. The case could last up to ten days.

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