The time is 4:20pm Saturday 3rd April 2004. Duncan Harrison drives his nephew Neil Murray into Barlanark Glasgow and drops him off. Duncan Harrison is a well known and well connected drug baron. His nephew Neil Murray is a professional boxer who is not involved in drug dealing or criminality. At 5pm Duncan Harrison takes his three children to McDonalds at the Forge in Parkhead Glasgow. After dropping the children at home Duncan Harrison visited a number of public houses to see friends and consume alcohol and cocaine. At 8pm witnesses hear a bang at the end of a cul-de-sac in Springboig Glasgow. At 9pm a witness finds Duncan Harrison slumped in the driver's seat of his luxury Mercedes motor car. He has suffered a shotgun wound to the head and has died instantly.
Strathclyde police immediately set up a murder enquiry.
First - witnesses: only two people in the cul-de-sac saw the gunman. Their statements are completely different with regards to the actions of the gunman, what he did, where he went and what he looked like. At best it could be said that a man shot Duncan Harrison inside the car then made off into the night. The man's height and build were not noticed particularly. Next - motive: Duncan Harrison was a well known and very busy drug baron, he had friends and enemies all over Britain and Europe. There was no word on the streets. The usual wall of silence was put up and not overcome by the police.
Result - the police had hit a brick wall as is often the case in gangland murder. The killers of gangsters are invariably gangsters themselves therefore they are wise to police tactics and have more than the average citizen's knowledge of forensic science and detection methods. Everyone on earth knows that you don't leave fingerprints at a crime scene for the police to find. Every crook (and half of the people who watch CSI Miami) know that you don't leave DNA at a crime scene. Gloves are used to prevent fingerprint detection and other tricks are used to prevent DNA detection. The killer of Duncan Harrison had not left any fingerprints or DNA for the police to find and that is no surprise, why do you think that 90 percent of unsolved murders are the gangland murders? It is because the gangsters who commit such murders are invariably professional criminals. The police were about to have to face another unsolved murder.
As is the case in far too many police enquires now, the police decided to work backwards and find anyone rather than try to move forwards and find the actual killer.
Inside Duncan Harrison's car was allegedly only one fingerprint and one piece of DNA. None of the children's prints or DNA was found according to the police (how many of you have had to wash the greasy fingerprints and blobs of saliva from the inside of your car after taking the kids for a snack at McDonalds?). None of Duncan Harrison's many friends and associates prints or DNA were found according to the police. None of Duncan Harrison's wife's prints or DNA were found according to the police. Duncan Harrison's car had even been hired out for a wedding party, not one of the wedding guests prints or DNA were found according to the police.
The only one print and one piece of DNA that was allegedly found in the car according to the police was the fingerprint of Duncan Harrison's nephew Neil Murray. Also there was allegedly one piece of DNA of Neil Murray.
The police put Neil Murray through a sham trial and with only his alleged print and his alleged DNA in the car, the jury could easily imagine that Neil Murray was the only person to have been in the car and even despite Neil Murray's innocent reasons for the print and DNA being present (it was his uncles car after all and he had been inside it that very day with his uncle) the jury for some perverse reason decided to convict poor Neil Murray!
Neil Murray is now serving LIFE IMPRISONMENT for taking a lift in his own uncles car! What kind of Justice is that? What the hell is going on with the British legal system?