Duo 'bragged' about shooting man in van on TikTok after attack

John McCann and Anton Brannigan posed for pictures with a machete and shotgun hours before the incident.

Duo ‘bragged’ about shooting man in van on TikTok after carrying out Glasgow attack

Two hitmen who filmed themselves boasting about shooting their victim have each been jailed for 13 years.

John McCann, 35, and Anton Brannigan, 30, were involved in shooting Robert “Boab” Spence in the head with a sawn-off shotgun outside a shop in Tollcross, Glasgow on January 12, 2021.

Mr Spence was targeted as he sat in a parked van. Gary Milne – who was in the vehicle with him – was also struck with a pellet.

Neither man suffered serious injuries.

McCann and Brannigan fled Glasgow to Hull in Humberside, where a relative of the latter stayed.

Prosecutors stated on the journey south they recorded themselves “bragging” by making gun gestures as they sang along to gangster rap.

The pair were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow having earlier been convicted of the attempted murders of Mr Spence and Mr Milne.

McCann had been wearing an electronic tag at the time of the shooting.

Judge Michael O’Grady KC told them: “On the evidence, this was pre-meditated, planned, vicious and utterly reckless.

“The evidence surrounding it – the photographs and videos which were seized – appear to show that you take some perverse satisfaction and relish what happened.”

Jurors heard how the pair turned up that morning in a white Seat Ibiza and lay in wait for Mr Spence.

There appeared to be bad blood between McCann and Mr Spence.

McCann had texted Brannigan a fortnight before the crime asking for a knife to take to a funeral.

He stated: “That Boab Spence will be there, can’t wait, I will wait until after it and give as many as I can.”

Just hours before the shooting, McCann and Brannigan posed for photos with a shotgun and machete.

On that morning, Mr Spence arrived in a van before he and Mr Milne got rolls and coffee from a local shop and then went back to the vehicle.

The court was told the firearm was soon discharged hitting Mr Spence and also striking Mr Milne.

The Seat then raced away from the scene at speed.

The victims ended up needing hospital treatment to remove pellets from their heads.

McCann meantime texted a friend claiming he and Brannigan needed a place to “lay low for a while”.

They escaped to England to where Brannigan’s cousin lived.

It was while travelling they filmed themselves with footage uploaded to TikTok.

McCann stated at one stage: “Bang, bang – where is your crew?”

As well as making gun gestures, Brannigan also drew his finger across his throat.

Prosecutor Graeme Jessop put to Brannigan in evidence: “McCann was singing ‘bang bang’.

“Were you bragging about what you had just done?”

Brannigan replied: “No, just singing a song.”

He claimed to be out alone in the Seat Ibiza that morning and had nothing to do with any shooting.

McCann told the court he had “no issue” with anyone called Boab or Bob Spence and had “not heard” of victim Robert Spence.

He said he was only out that morning to get money and beers for a relative.

McCann also insisted any firearm seen in photos was a “dummy toy gun.”

The court was told both already had lengthy criminal records with Brannigan jailed in 2010 at the high court for assault and robbery.

McCann’s KC Thomas Ross said his life was affected when he had heart surgery in his mid-20s and was no longer able to work.

Donald Findlay KC, defending Brannigan, told the hearing: “He has stated his position and he has no way moved from that at trial.

“His position is that he had no involvement in this offence.”

McCann and Brannigan will be supervised for a further three years on their release.

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