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Patrick Shields convicted of George McLaughlin's murder

George McLaughlin
Image caption George McLaughlin bled to death after being stabbed five times

A teenager who tried to blame his older brother for stabbing a man to death is facing a life sentence for murder.

Patrick Shields, 18, attacked 45-year-old George McLaughlin near a block of flats in Barrhead on 3 April this year.

Shields incriminated his older brother Thomas, who was said to have confessed to attacking Mr McLaughlin.

But a jury at the High Court in Glasgow found him guilty of murder after a two-week trial. Sentence on Shields was deferred for background reports.

The court heard that the families of the accused and victim did not get on.

'Monster' brother

Shields and Mr McLaughlin were said to have been involved in a confrontation in Barrhead's Gertrude Place.

Mr McLaughlin was stabbed five times before bleeding to death from wounds to a major artery.

Shield's lawyer told the jury the accused's brother Thomas had been near the scene and had made a confession.

Tony Graham, defending, called Thomas Shields "a monster" who had left his younger sibling to face a murder charge.

But the jury rejected the evidence and convicted Patrick Shields by a majority verdict.

Temporary judge Kenneth MacIver deferred sentence until the New Year for reports.

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