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John Steele cleared of stabbing murder of Paul Douglass

Marchers in the Paul Douglass memorial march
Image caption About 300 people took part in a memorial march for Mr Douglass in May

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.

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