LATEST UPDATE: Man jailed for Bridge of Weir farm shooting

A man has been found guilty of the shotgun murder bid of a car dealer for the second time.

Don Templeton was involved in the shooting of James McGurk, 45, at Crosslee Poultry Farm in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.

The 40 year-old was the getaway driver while convicted murderer John Docherty, 49, fired the weapon.

The victim was blasted from behind during the attack on 31st October 2017 – but he told jurors his next memory was waking up on a kitchen floor covered in blood.

Templeton was today convicted of attempted murder following a re-trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

He had previously been found guilty of the charge in April 2019 and sentenced to eight years.

But, prosecutor Kath Harper said the verdict was later quashed by appeal judges following a “legal matter” and Templeton was freed after eight months in prison.

Templeton, of Johnstone, Renfrewshire, was on bail for this latest trial.
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But, he is again behind bars as he was remanded in custody with sentencing adjourned until next month.

Mr McGurk told the 2019 case he had been working on a car that day and did not know who shot him.
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He said at the time: “I cannot remember much. It is all a blur to me. I got shot from behind.

“I heard a bang and I was propelled forward.”

CCTV footage shown the injured victim – struck on the right buttock with shotgun pellets – staggering to a nearby farmhouse for help

Asked about Templeton at the retrial, he stated: “We have always been pals.”

Jurors heard the pair made attempts to contact each other 10 times on the day before the murder bid

Miss Harper asked the victim: “What were the frantic calls about?”

Mr McGurk replied: “About a car or something like that.”

Miss Harper: “Was there a dispute with Don?”

Mr McGurk replied: “No, we got on alright. I would not say we were at each other’s throats. We have only been pals.”

Mr McGurk denied being involved in anything that would lead to him being shot.

Templeton and Docherty were caught on CCTV at a filling station just minutes before their distinctive Mercedes estate was again clocked driving into the farm and then speeding away.

Templeton shook his head as the verdict was returned.

Judge Alistair Watson told him: “It is inevitable that you will face a significant sentence once more.”

The case was adjourned for reports.

Docherty – who murdered a pensioner in 1995 and was out on licence at the time – was jailed for 12 years in 2019 for his role in the attack.