In relation to the recent events involving the Nat Fraser case, here is another case that will simply just not go away.
The police, prosecution and the dogs on the streets know exactly that William Gage is innocent and this case will cause great discomfort to Jack McConnell as he was friends of the murder victim, Justin McAlroy and his father, and in fact, McConnell was at a Red Rose Ball (a fund raising event sponsored by the father of Justin).
Was there pressure from McConnell put on police to come up with results? They originally charged Mark Clinton from Glasgow's East End, then mysteriously focussed their attention on William Gage, who was convicted for the murder of Justin McAlroy. Here is a few examples of why William Gage shold also be set free, along with Nat Fraser.
Byline: By Annie Brown
THE hitman who murdered drug dealer Justin McAlroy on his doorstep pumped five bullets into his body and left him for his pregnant wife to find. McAlroy tried to take cover under a car but he never had a chance. By the time wife Tracy reached his side, he was dying in a pool of blood.
Two years later, at the High Court, the distraught widow pointed to the man in the dock and branded him a murderer.
Her evidence damned the accused, William Gage. But today, the Record can reveal that the judge at Gage's trial has expressed doubts over his conviction.
And justice campaigners last night told the authorities to set career criminal Gage free - and concentrate on catching the real hitman.
John McManus, of the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation, said: 'Whoever killed Justin McAlroy has got away with it. If you want the guilty to go free, lock up an innocent person.' No one claims Gage is an angel.
Even friends call him a 'ned', a dodgy used car dealer with convictions for assault.
When he was arrested for McAlroy's murder, he was out on licence after serving half of a seven-year stretch for armed robbery.
He drove the getaway car when his mate held up a jeweller's in Perth with an imitation gun.
But Gage's criminal record doesn't make him a murderer. And he was a crook in the junior league compared with Justin McAlroy.
McAlroy was under surveillance by the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency, although the operation was on hold at the time of the shooting in March 2002.
He had contacts with Les Brown and Robert Wright, who are now fighting extradition to Estonia on a pounds 2.4million heroin trafficking charge.
And at the time of his death, McAlroy owed a pounds 50,000 drug debt. His creditor was rumoured to be gang lord Stewart 'Specky' Boyd.
Four days before the shooting at McAlroy's home in Cambuslang, near Glasgow, gangland enforcer Mark Clinton visited him to tell him he was running out of time to pay up.
Clinton was cleared last year of the knife murder of another mobster, Billy McPhee.
McAlroy clearly had enemies but was Gage the hitman? According to trial judge Lord Emslie, the evidence against him would have failed to convince many juries.
Gage's appeal is due to be heard in April. And sources say that in a written report to appeal judges, Lord Emslie has referred to crucial evidence as circumstantial.
It is believed he has also questioned whether there was enough corroboration to convict Gage.
There is no suggestion McAlroy's widow lied in court. And Lord Emslie is not critical of Tracy's testimony. But the jury chose to believe her evidence and that was key to the verdict.
As she picked out Gage in court, Tracy said she would 'never forget those eyes'.
But initially, the widow told police she only 'glimpsed' the killer as he ran from the scene. And she failed to mention his eyes at all.
Witnesses including Tracy agreed that the killer wore a padded jacket. But Gage was convicted after police found a thin black cagoule with his DNA on it in the back of the alleged getaway car.
Detectives put the cagoule on a tailor's dummy and showed it to Tracy. It was only then that she changed her description of the hitman's jacket. The dummy also had distinctive eyes. Tracy had not mentioned the killer's eyes until she saw it.
Only Tracy's evidence placed Gage at the murder scene and only she said she recognised the cagoule. All the other witnesses continued to insist that the killer's jacket was padded.
One, Stephen Madden, said he saw the gunman pull off his mask in the getaway car. He told the court the man had short cropped hair.
But as Gage stood in the dock, his long hair stretched down his back. Mr Madden refused to identify him as the killer.
Gage's height was also an issue. Witnesses described the gunman as 5ft 10in, but Gage is 6ft 2in. The prosecution tried to link Gage to the alleged getaway car, a white Saab found partly burned in Easterhouse, Glasgow, after McAlroy's murder.
Gage had owned the car but claimed to have sold it months earlier.
Although Easterhouse is only 15 minutes' drive from Cambuslang, the Saab was not abandoned until more than an hour after the shooting.
As well as the black cagoule, a scarf and pair of gloves were found in the Saab.The clothes carried traces of Gage's DNA, as well as that of two unknown people.
Firearms residue was found on the scarf and jacket, but not on the gloves.
Prosecutors insisted that the car tied Gage to the murder. But witness descriptions of the vehicle conflicted with the Crown case.
Mr Madden thought the car was a Metro or Maestro. Another witness, Charles Bowman, thought he saw a white Volvo.
But later, when Mr Bowman was shown the Saab at a Paisley police station,he agreed that it was similar to the vehicle he had seen.
Gage said he was with his girlfriend Annie Ross at the time of the murder. She wrote in her diary that they went for a drive, then had a drink.
But prosecutors claimed Gage made a call on a mobile phone at 10.30pm from the Easterhouse area.
Gage said the phone wasn't his, although it had several of his contacts in its memory. Gage has just completed the first year of a minimum 20-year sentence at Shotts jail in Lanarkshire.
But his supporters insist there are too many inconsistencies for his conviction to stand.
Gage's case has been championed by the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation.
Fellow prisoners at Shotts wore 'Free William Gage' T-shirts during a football match against warders, and fly posters proclaiming his innocence have appeared around Glasgow.
John McManus, of MOJO, said: 'This case should never have come to trial and there certainly wasn't enough evidence for a conviction.
'I am convinced he is innocent. And if the system puts innocent people in jail, that should worry all of us.'
ROUGH JUSTICE EXCLUSIVE: NO HITMAN; Career criminal William Gage was given life for the gangland execution of a drugs dealer. Now the trial judge has cast doubt on the verdict, supporting Gage's claim he's..(News)
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Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland); 2/16/2005
Byline: By Annie Brown
THE judge who sentenced an armed robber to life over a gangland execution has cast doubts over the conviction.
The Record understands Lord Emslie will tell appeal judges that many juries would have refused to convict William Gage because the evidence against him was circumstantial.
Gage has consistently protested his innocence since being sentenced to 20 years for the murder of drug dealer Justin McAlroy.
A campaign to fight what many see as a miscarriage of justice has grown in strength and an appeal is set for April.
Now the Record can reveal that trial judge Lord Emslie has expressed doubts over the conviction.
It is understood that in written review to appeal judges, Lord Emslie refers to crucial evidence as circumstantial.
It is believed he also highlighted inconsistencies in the case against Gage and questioned whether there was corroboration.
It was claimed that Gage, 33, shot McAlroy, 28, five times outside his home in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, over a pounds 50,000 drug debt in March 2002.
But there were numerous inconsistencies in the evidence led against him.
Witnesses described the killer as being 5ft 10in with a round face and cropped hair. Gage is a lanky 6ft 2in and had long hair at the time.
Dummy The gunman was said to be wearing a padded jacket but it was the discovery of a thin cagoule with Gage's DNA that helped convict him.
Crucially, it was the testimony of the victim's wife Tracy that damned Gage at his trial.
She insisted she would 'never forgot those eyes' when she pointed out Gage in court.
Yet she initially told police she only 'glimpsed' the killer as he ran from the shooting and failed to mention his eyes.
Witnesses, including Mrs McAlroy, said the killer had been wearing a padded jacket and that his face was covered.
But police later showed her a tailor's dummy with distinctive eyes dressed in the cagoule found in a burnt out car.
It was only then that she changed her description of the jacket - and mentioned the killer's eyes.
Gage's lawyer Darryl Love said his client deserved to win the appeal, adding: 'Given the lack of evidence, I have deep concerns regarding the conviction.'