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The trial of a man accused of murdering Glasgow gangland figure Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll has been deserted.

Judge Lord Brailsford ended proceedings at the High Court in Glasgow after a problem emerged with one of the jurors.

Ross Monaghan denied murdering Mr Carroll, 29, at the Asda car park in Robroyston, Glasgow, in January 2010.

The 30-year-old had lodged a special defence of incrimination, blaming another man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The trial is expected to start again next week with a new jury.


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A jury was told that Mr Carroll told Mr Glen that he was working for him and added: "Anyone who doesn't toe the line will be getting a bang."

Mr Glen was asked what he understood by this and said: "They would be shot."

Mr Ogg asked: "Have you heard stories about him (Mr Carroll) torturing people?" and he replied: "Yes."  

The QC then said: "Have you heard stories about him maiming and disfiguring people?" and Mr Glen replied: "Yes."

Mr Glen was then asked if he had heard of Mr Carroll digging the tongues out of people's mouths and said: "I've never heard that."

Mr Ogg said: "Was the Gerbil out of control," and Mr Glen replied: "He was a maniac. I know that."

He was then asked if Mr Carroll's associates thought he was out of control and said: "I don't know. I don't know what his friends thought about it."

Mr Glen was asked if it was just coincidence that just seconds after meeting with Gerbil he was shot down and replied: "It's the best I can do. It is a coincidence. It is nothing to do with me."

He was asked if there had been any reprisals against him by members of Mr Carroll's family or any of his friends and said: "No."


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A shopper has told the Kevin "'Gerbil" Carroll murder trial she thought she was caught up in "another Dunblane" massacre when the gangster was killed.

Emma Busby, 32, told the High Court in Glasgow she saw a man with a gun when she came out of Asda in Robroyston, Glasgow, on 13 January 2010.

She then saw two men shooting at a car in which Mr Carroll, 29, was sitting.

Ross Monaghan, 30, denies murder and has blamed another man, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Mrs Busby, a care home chef from Glasgow, told advocate depute Iain McSporran, prosecuting: "I thought it was just someone shooting at everyone.

"I thought it was like like another Dunblane massacre. That's what I was thinking.

The jury was told Mrs Busby first became aware something was wrong when she saw a car drive in at speed and screech to a halt.

Mrs Busby said: "My first thought was there had been an accident. Then I saw someone jumping out of the front passenger side of the car.

"I saw he had a gun and was running towards an Audi. I started backing away."

When asked to describe the gun she said: "I just seen a big silver thing flashing."

She told the jurors that the gunman she saw was wearing a balaclava and black gloves.

Mrs Busby said another man also got out of the car and was shooting on the other side of the Audi.

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A man has told the Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll murder trial how he ran when masked men approached the car he was sitting in with the gangland figure.

Stephen McClaggan told the High Court in Glasgow that a Volkswagen Golf drove up and blocked off their Audi at the Asda car park in Robroyston.

He ran off when he saw masked men, then returned after hearing gunshots to find Mr Carroll dead in the back seat.

Ross Monaghan, 30, denies murdering Mr Carroll on 13 January 2010.

It is alleged that while masked and acting with others, Mr Monaghan murdered Mr Carroll by repeatedly discharging loaded handguns at him, shooting him on the head and body.

Mr Monaghan is also accused, while acting with others, of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of a revolver, pistol and ammunition within undergrowth in Coatbridge and Airdrie, both North Lanarkshire.

It is also claimed a car - bearing false number plates YF55 EZZ - was set on fire.

Mr Monaghan also faces a number of firearms charges.

He denies all the charges against him and has lodged a special defence of incrimination, blaming Mr X, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and seven others.

The trial, before judge Lord Brailsford, continues.


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A FRIEND and associate of a gangland figure shot dead in a supermarket car park told a court today how he scrambled out of the car moments before the shooting.

Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll was in the back seat of a parked black Audi A3 when two masked gunmen killed him outside Asda in Robroyston, Glasgow.

John Bonner, who acted as Carroll's driver, told the High Court in Glasgow that a Volkswagen Golf pulled up in front of them and he saw two men in masks getting out.

He said he felt "something wasn't right" and scrambled out of the car, leaving "Gerbil" in the back.

He said: "I tried to get out of the motor as fast as I could. Something wasn't right. I fell out of the motor. I was scared.

"I just heard the bangs and I was on the ground."

Mr Bonner said he then ran away and hid behind another vehicle until he heard the car "screeching away".

He said that, when he returned to the car, he found Carroll dead in the back seat with the door locked.

He said he had the car keys in his hand as he jumped from the vehicle and must have accidentally locked it as he fell on the ground.


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A trolley collector has told the Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll murder trial he was not afraid when gunmen started firing at a car in an Asda car park.

Alexander McBride was working outside Asda in Glasgow's Robroyston when he heard a car screech to a halt on 13 January 2010 and saw two men with handguns firing at a black Audi.

He told the High Court in Glasgow that the incident looked totally planned.

Ross Monaghan, 30, denies murdering Mr Carroll, a well-known gangland figure.

Mr McBride, 54, also told the trial he felt the gunmen had no intention of harming anyone else. He said they looked "gallus and confident".

Mr Caroll was found dead in the back of the black Audi.

Mr McBride said: "The shooting was over in 15 seconds. It just happened so quickly. I was just dumbfounded standing looking at it as if it wasn't happening. It was surreal.

"A few women were screaming, but I was just standing there.

"It looked as if it was totally planned. They had no interest in harming anyone else."

Mr McBride said he managed to note down the registration number of the gunmen's car.

Teacher Anne Mackintosh later told the court she had been too scared to look at the face of one of the gunmen who attacked the gangster.

She told jurors she looked away when she saw him begin to take off his mask after the shooting.

Mrs Mackintosh, who was parked 10 spaces away in the row next to Mr Carroll's car, had just finished putting her shopping in the boot of her car when she heard a VW Golf screech to a halt and saw masked gunman get out.

She told prosecutor Iain McSporran: "My eyes were transfixed on him, but I was aware there was also someone else."

She was asked what the gunman did and replied: "I just walked in a kind of quick manner round to the car near where I was. I seemed a bizarre thing to be watching.


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AN ambulance worker told a court yesterday how he found slain gangster Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll lying in a motor with a bullet hole in his forehead.

Thomas McNulty arrived at the store car park where the gangland figure was blasted to death minutes after an emergency call-out.

When he reached Carroll’s black Audi A3 he found his lifeless body slumped on the back seat.

Mr McNulty said: “He had a wound on his forehead.

“It looked like a hole in his forehead and bits of skull were on the back seat.

“I saw another injury to his hand.” Mr McNulty said medics raced to the scene at the Asda store in Robroyston, Glasgow, five minutes after getting a 999 call at 1.29pm. But he was told to wait for cops.



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A murder trial has heard how gunmen took just 25 seconds to shoot dead gangland figure Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll.

The jury at the High Court in Glasgow was shown footage of the gunmen's VW Golf arriving at Asda in Robroyston, Glasgow, at 13:23 and 17 seconds.

The car parked across Mr Carroll's black Audi A3 before someone is seen exiting then getting back in before the car drove off 25 seconds later.

Ross Monaghan denies killing Mr Carroll in the Asda car park in January 2010.

The 10 men and five women of the jury were also shown CCTV clips which showed Mr Carroll's last journey from Lennoxtown to Asda.

The court heard from Det Con John Richmond, 43, who spent four months viewing CCTV footage following the murder.

Det Con Richmond said he had arrested Mr Monaghan on 30 July 2010 and charged him with murder.

The court heard that police - including firearms officers - arrived at the door of Mr Monaghan's home in Penilee at 04:00. Mr Monaghan's long-term partner was in the house at the time, and an ambulance had been called because of her long-term health problems.

The jury was also shown footage taken from the police helicopter which arrived on the scene of the shooting at 13:42pm.

The film showed Francis 'Fraggle' Green twice going into the car in which his friend Mr Carroll was lying dead on the back seat.

 

The defence QC asked: "Would it have been evident to anyone that Gerbil is dead? Can you think of any first aid reason for Mr Green to go into the car twice?" and DC Richmond replied: "No, none at all."


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The DNA of murder accused Ross Monaghan was found on one of the guns used to shoot gangland figure Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll to death, his trial has heard.

Forensic scientist Pauline McSorley told jurors the chance of the DNA belonging to anyone other than Mr Monaghan was one in a billion.

But the High Court in Glasgow heard the DNA of a laboratory technician was also found on the weapon.

Mr Monaghan denies murdering Mr Carroll in an Asda car park in January 2010.

The court heard that the gun - a black self-loading pistol - was found alongside a revolver behind Coatbridge Library on 26 January 2010.

Mr Carroll, 29, had been shot dead 13 days earlier at an Asda car park in the Robroyston area of Glasgow.

Giving evidence to the trial, Ms McSorley told advocate depute Iain McSporran, prosecuting, that the gun was swabbed and they found DNA from "at least three people."

 

She said the major source of the DNA was 30-year-old Mr Monaghan, and described it as a "perfect match".

Under cross-examination by defence QC Derek Ogg, she admitted that one of the other sources of DNA came from a laboratory worker. She agreed that the worker had not been working anywhere near the gun.

 

Ms McSorley said it was thought that DNA from the female worker had been on the outside of a test tube that had been washed into the sample.

It was an example of "secondary transfer" of DNA, she said.

Referring to the discovery of the guns by a group of gardeners, who opened up the plastic bags and touched the weapons, Mr Ogg said: "It's horrendous that should have happened from a scientific point of view."

Ms McSorley replied: "Certainly, it's not ideal conditions."

 

The court later heard that Mr Carroll died from gunshot wounds to his head and chest.

The evidence came in a joint minute of agreement read to the jury.

Later firearms expert Ronald Withers, 67, said that Mr Carroll was hit with a hail of 13 bullets as he sat in the back of his black Audi A3.

Another bullet was fired through the front of the car, but missed Mr Carroll.

Mr Withers said Mr Carroll may have tried to protect himself by raising his hands to his head and also picking up a manual lying in the back seat of the car.

Mr Withers told the jury that Mr Carroll was shot through the middle of the forehead and twice in the jaw.

These bullets first entered his wrists and fingers as he tried to protect himself. A fourth bullet was found lodged in the car manual.

Mr Withers said that he believed that the two gunmen stood on either side of the black Audi and fired into the back seat.

He said that one shot which he believed was either the first shot or the last shot was fired through the front windscreen, but did not hit Mr Carroll.

The jury was told that five bullets were fired from the silver revolver and all hit Mr Carroll.

He was hit by eight bullets from the other gun - a black self-loading pistol - which was fired from the driver's side.

Mr Withers said he was present when the car containing Mr Carroll's body was taken to a police garage in Paisley.

He told Mr McSporran, prosecuting, that Mr Carroll's body was searched for firearms, but none was found.

Mr Withers added: "As his clothing was being removed two bullets fell out. They had entered his body, exited and then fell from the clothing."

The jury was told that Mr Carroll was shot through the forehead, the jaw, the chest and the groin during the 25-second killing.

It is alleged that while masked and acting with others, Mr Monaghan murdered Mr Carroll by repeatedly discharging loaded handguns at him, shooting him on the head and body.

He is further accused of, while acting with others, attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of a revolver, pistol and ammunition within undergrowth in Coatbridge and Airdrie, both Lanarkshire.

It is also claimed a car - bearing false number plates YF 55 EZZ - was set on fire.

Mr Monaghan also faces a number of firearms charges.

He denies all the charges against him and has lodged a special defence of incrimination against eight men.

The trial before judge Lord Brailsford continues.


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The Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll murder trial has heard how police compiled a list of 99 potential suspects after the Glasgow gangland figure was shot dead.

The names, which included the Lyons, McGovern and Daniels families, were read out at the High Court in Glasgow.

The list, compiled by a police intelligence unit, was revealed at the trial of 30-year-old Ross Monaghan.

He denies murdering Mr Carroll at the Asda car park in Robroyston, Glasgow, on 13 January 2010.

Mr Monaghan's name was not on the list which was read out by defence QC Derek Ogg to the jury of 10 men and five women.

 

Det Sgt David Moran, of Strathclyde Police, who worked on the murder investigation for a year, was asked if he knew that the list had been compiled.

Mr Ogg said: "The Crown are required to disclose to me information which may be of interest. The Crown has given a list of names to me as potential suspects of the murder of the deceased," and Mr Moran replied: "Yes."

 

Mr Ogg then said: "Police intelligence at Strathclyde Police produced a list of potential suspects," and Det Sgt Moran replied: "I know."

He then read out the names and asked Mr Moran: "Do you recognise these names," and he replied: "A large number of them."

The QC added: "Kevin Gerbil Carroll was not short of an enemy or two - some of whom were well capable of shooting him to death," and Mr Moran said: "That is the case."

Det Sgt Moran was then asked if Mr Carroll operated at a high level in the world of organised crime and asked to answer yes or no.

The detective replied: "I don't feel able to give a yea or no answer."

Judge Lord Brailsford then asked Mr Ogg how many names he had read out and was told "Ninety nine."

Earlier in his evidence Mr Moran told advocate depute, Iain McSporran, prosecuting, that he was involved in the investigation from the first day and spent about a year working on it.


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The judge in the Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll murder trial has told the jury he will rule on legal submissions about sufficiency of evidence on Thursday.

Ross Monaghan, 30, denies murdering Mr Carroll by shooting him dead at the Asda car park in Robroyston, Glasgow, on 13 January 2010.

He has lodged a special defence blaming eight men for the shooting.

Trial judge Lord Brailsford will rule on legal arguments which were made outwith the presence of the jury.

Advocate depute Iain McSporran, prosecuting, and defence QC Derek Ogg have been presenting their arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

At the end of their submissions, Lord Brailsford called in the jury and told them: "I have been hearing legal arguments and submissions from Mr Ogg and the advocate depute.

"I now have to make my decision and because of the importance of this case, I will write it up.

"My clerk will help me type it out because I can't type."

Lord Brailsford apologised for the time this would take, but added: "This is the High Court and this is the most serious charge a man can face."

At the end of the Crown case, prosecutors withdrew charges relating to possession of the two guns used in the killing and prohibited ammunition.

Ross Monaghan was also cleared of reset of the Volkswagen Golf getaway car.

The 30-year-old denies the remaining charges that he shot Mr Carroll dead in the Asda car park in Robroyston, Glasgow, in January 2010.

 

 


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A JUDGE yesterday aimed a scathing attack at cops who probed the shooting of gangster Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll after a murder trial spectacularly collapsed.

Ross Monaghan, 30, was cleared of blasting the feared hood to death in an Asda car park as Lord Brailsford ruled there was no case to answer.

The judge branded evidence linked to the discovery of gun residue as “disturbing”.

He singled out testimony from forensics expert Alison Colley, of the Scottish Police Services Authority, who claimed she had been put under pressure by a senior cop involved in the investigation.

Lord Brailsford said: “Miss Colley displayed great candour and said she had been told to file her report in the way she did by a detective superintendent.

“I find this evidence to be disturbing. If the integrity of SPSA is to be maintained it should not be influenced by any outside body.”

Ballistics whizz Ms Colley said a single particle of gun residue found on a jacket belonging to Monaghan was too flimsy to prove he shot Carroll, 29.

But she told the High Court in Glasgow that she was still asked to form a conclusion by a detective superintendent.

The particle had been found on a jacket seized during a swoop on Monaghan’s home in July 2010.



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