Witness saw murder accused with lock back knife hours before Craig McClelland was murdered Witness saw murder accused with lock back knife hours before Craig McClelland was murdered
One of the men accused of murdering a dad-of-three in a Paisley street was boasting about his lock back knife hours earlier, a court... Witness saw murder accused with lock back knife hours before Craig McClelland was murdered

One of the men accused of murdering a dad-of-three in a Paisley street was boasting about his lock back knife hours earlier, a court heard today.

Nicole McMillan, 21, told the Craig McClelland murder trial at the High Court in Glasgow that James Wright, whom she knew as Jamie, pulled out the knife in her home in Leitchland Road, Foxbar, Paisley.

Miss McMillan said: “It had two blades. One was straight and the other was serrated.”

She was asked by prosecutor Paul Brown: “Did he say anything,” and she replied: “One side was for stabbing and one side was for slashing.”

The witness told the court that Wright pulled out the knife shortly after he arrived at her home with co-accused Stuart McLellan.

Mr Brown asked: “When did he say this about the two blades,” and she responded: “At the start of the night. He was showing off. He just pulled it out and showed it off.”

The jury was shown a drawing of the knife that Miss McMillan produced for police.

Miss McMillan was giving evidence at the trial of James Wright, 25, and Stuart McLellan, 28, who deny murdering 31-year-old Craig McClelland in Tweed Avenue, Paisley, on 23rd July, last year.

The jury has heard that Mr McClelland left his Foxbar home at 11.15pm to visit a friend, less than 12 minutes later he lay dying in the street tended by paramedics.

Miss McMillan was asked by Mr Brown: “Did you see Stuart McLellan with a knife,” and replied: “No.”

She said that the two accused were asked to leave her home later that night after one of them asked for a threesome.

Earlier, Charmaine Holmes, 21, who was recalled to give evidence, told the court that she never saw Wright with a knife that night.

When asked if she saw anyone with a knife she replied: “I can’t remember,” twice, before then saying: “Yes Stuart had it before he left.”

When Mr Brown asked: “What was he doing with the knife,” Miss Holmes replied: “Just holding it.”

The trial before Judge Lord Matthews continues.




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