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The murder trial began in Glasgow yesterday of a man accused of killing a well known gangster in a shoot out in a supermarket car park in Glasgow in January 2010 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-17554634

The trial had to be deserted today, when an issue arose with one of the jurors - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-17561841

Now, i've no interest in the accused or the victim, i really have no idea who they are. But, i have had previous (negative) dealings with a corrupt copper who i believe is going to be implicated in this case.

My whole family were beaten up and sprayed with CS by the police after a family night out 9 years ago to the week. All we were doing was waiting for a taxi home. While i was being held down on the road by 4 other cops, PC Derek McLeod jumped on my back. Much of the incident was caught on their own on-board camera from a traffic car, and while the incidence of him jumping on me happened out of shot, one of the witnesses can be seen to be clearly visibly disturbed at what she saw.

After a trial spanning some 15 months, we were all cleared of any wrong-doing, after all 4 of the cops were caught lying in court. The Sheriff stopped short of calling them liars, only just, but was seething at their evidence. The Area Procurator Fiscal refused to prosecute them, saying that there was “insufficient evidence” and that it “wasn’t in the public interest”. Another of the bent coppers (Scott Malone) was later booted out of the force for having sex with a 15-year-old girl in an interview room at Livingston cop shop. He wasn’t prosecuted for that either. I vowed then that I would write a book about it, and have finally decided that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. I started work on that a few weeks ago, under the current working title “CS, Lies & Videotape”.

McLeod was nicked at his home in July 2010, for breaching the Official Secrets Act. When other cops turned up at his door, they also found large amounts of cannabis at his home - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10517462.

It is my understanding that he was sentenced to 3 years, after passing on information from the police national computer to those who killed this guy. Unfortunately, we were unable to sit in the front row of the public gallery to watch him go down, the court was a closed session and was also the subject of reporting restrictions, meaning the media could not report on the case. Glasgow newspaper ‘The Digger’ were also prosecuted for breaching that court restriction, but that too could not be reported. Perhaps after this case has been disposed of by the Glasgow High Court, we might learn of what happened in McLeod’s case. But then, perhaps not. It is also my understanding that McLeod has implicated someone else who I dare not mention, someone whose name will be known to almost everyone in Scotland over the age of 30. McLeod won’t even be safe behind bars, put it that way.

His sentence will just about be up now, he’ll only serve half the term, and they’ll take off the time he spent on remand.

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  • 19 months ago

    gambit-man

  • 2 years ago

    gambit-man

  • 2 years ago

    gambit-man

    UPDATE:

    The accused has been acquitted http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-17953266 due to insufficient evidence. More concerning is the investigation by police, and how this case even came to trial http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-17953266

     

    AFAIK, McLeod's name wasn't mention during the trial, the accused didn't actually have to mount a defence. I note that the court hasn't lifted the reporting restrictions on his case yet, so i suspect there may be more people yet to appear in court in connection with the information he leaked.

    Guess i'm just gonna have to wait and see what happens next...

    I notice http://www.the-digger.com/ are carrying stories on their front page involving people involved in the trial. The Digger were disciplined for reporting the McLeod story in breach of the court's reporting restrictions, but because of the nature of their breach, that news cannot be reported either!

  • 3 years ago

    davidm1304

    I look forward to reading it Graham.  It is a story worth telling.

  • 3 years ago

    gambit-man

    AFAIK, just about anything is publishable these days, online retailers publish electronic versions of books that aren't physically printed. There are many companies who will, for a fee, convert from standard applications such as word into ebook formats. I've already acquired software that publishes into ebook ready formats, so i can skip them.

    I couldn't care less if it sold just a handful of copies, just so long as it's out there.

    The guy was a crook before he joined the polis, he used to sell tyres off the back of the Uniroyal lorry he drove. I made his business my business, and i'm fairly sure even he would be surprised to learn what i know about him. i have friends and family all around where he used to live in Harthill, he sold one house on Mill Road (turn left at the Sports Bar) to move into his rather grand house across the road. He seemed to think that having the electric and gas meters rigged so that no money was due was a strong selling point. LMAO.

    I just hope the court goes after him under the Proceeds of Crime Act too, the house he was nicked from in Breich was even bigger and plusher than the one in Harthill, which btw, burned down. The Post Office he owned in Winchburgh burned down too, a year or two before his house did.

    There are still two cops on duty now, the one who started it all by spraying my younger brother with CS (when he was just standing there with his hands in his coat pockets), his brother is a well known drug dealer from Whitburn. The other is an Inspector who buried the videotape until the day before we went on trial. We didn't get long enough with the video to say conclusively, but we believe (as did our solicitors) it to have been doctored. My aim for the book to make sure they are out of jobs too, rather than take the route of the Sergeant (who mysteriously took 'control' of the de-brief, despite a more senior officer being there) retiring on medical grounds, making him immune from prosecution.

    I'll get them all, sooner or later...

  • 3 years ago

    JonRowney

    Awful Graham. It illustrates that many policeman/criminals could have ended up on the other side with not too much trouble. But would your book be publishable? Then again the cathartic act of writing it and maybe local people who know him or you finding out the truth would be enough for you?

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