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Paul Ward to stand trial for Jean Campbell murder in Glasgow

Jean Campbell Image copyright Police handout
Image caption Mrs Campbell's body was found in Cranhill Park by her husband

A man is to stand trial charged with murdering a woman whose body was found by her husband in a park in Glasgow.

Paul Ward, 21, is accused of killing 53-year-old Jean Campbell in Cranhill Park on 13 December last year.

He is alleged to have repeatedly struck Mrs Campbell, who had been walking her dog in the park, with a dog lead and inflicted further injuries.

Mr Ward's QC entered a not guilty plea on his behalf at the High Court in Glasgow. A trial was set for February.

The case is expected to last about two weeks.

'Divert suspicion'

Mr Ward, along with co-accused Thomas Leyden, are said to have attempted to pervert the course of justice following the alleged murder.

This includes a claim that, at a police station on 11 July this year, Mr Leyden provided a false account to detectives after allegedly being told to by Mr Ward in a bid to "divert suspicion".

Mr Ward is further charged with assaulting a man and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner on 29 December last year.

He is also accused of struggling with police officers that day, assaulting one and damaging property.

Mr Leyden also faces another separate charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice as well as an allegation of possessing cannabis.

The 22-year-old, who does not face a murder charge, was present at Friday's hearing and entered not guilty pleas. He will also stand trial next year.

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