John Steele cleared of stabbing murder of Paul Douglass
A man has been cleared of fatally stabbing a trainee chef whose death prompted 300 people to march against knife crime in South Lanarkshire.
John Steele, 33, was accused of murdering 20-year-old Paul Douglass outside a flat in Mallard Crescent, East Kilbride, on 29 April this year.
A jury returned a not guilty verdict following a week-long trial at the High Court in Glasgow.
Mr Steele denied murder and claimed he had been acting in self-defence.
Following the verdict, several relatives and friends of Mr Douglass - known as PJ - broke down in tears.
One woman shouted: "Who is responsible for PJ then?"
In May, about 300 people marched through East Kilbride in honour of Mr Douglass and to raise awareness of knife crime.