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Judge's concern over Kevin Carroll murder trial 'delay'

Kevin Carroll
Image caption Kevin Carroll was killed in an Asda car park in Robroyston

A man accused of murdering Glasgow gangland figure Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll is to stand trial next year.

Ross Monaghan, 29, denies shooting Mr Carroll, while masked and acting with others, outside the Asda store in the city's Robroyston area in January 2010.

Mr Monaghan, who is on bail, also denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of guns.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Brodie set the trial date for 5 March 2012.

During a preliminary hearing, defence QC Paul McBride told the court that there were ongoing discussions of "an extremely sensitive" nature regarding police intelligence.

DNA reports

He also revealed that DNA reports and telephone analysis reports would be available within four weeks.

Mr McBride added that initially it was thought the trial would last six weeks, but it was now thought it would take three to four weeks.

Image caption Mr Monaghan faces charges in relation to firearms recovered in Coatbridge

Mr Monaghan also faces further charges in relation to the incident while in the company of others.

He is alleged to have attempted 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 - was set on fire.

Mr Monaghan is further accused of a number of firearms charges.

It is alleged he possessed a revolver and a self-loading pistol without the required certificate and having the prohibited weapons without the authority of the Secretary of State or Scottish Ministers.

He also faces similar allegations in relation to the possession of bullets.

Mr Monaghan is accused of the reset of a car or an alternative accusation of travelling in the vehicle knowing it had been taken without consent.

It is alleged these offences occurred while he was on bail from the sheriff courts in Glasgow, Lanark and Airdrie.

Mr Monaghan denies all charges against him.

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