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Sectarian killer Jason Campbell cleared of child attack

A man convicted of the sectarian murder of a Celtic fan has been cleared of assaulting a nine-year-old boy.

Jason Campbell was accused of attacking the child in Dennistoun, Glasgow.

The 41-year-old was cleared after the boy's mother said the attacks did not happen and a sheriff said she was troubled by the quality of evidence.

Campbell was jailed in 1996 for killing 16-year-old Mark Scott as he walked home from a Celtic match. He was freed from his life sentence in 2011.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that police launched an investigation after the nine-year-old boy wrote in his school book that his "biggest achievement" in the previous year was not committing suicide.

Child's evidence

Giving evidence via video-link, the child claimed that Campbell had assaulted him on two occasions in December last year and April this year while looking after him at his home in Dennistoun.

He told the trial that the accused had grabbed him and pulled him away while he was playing an Xbox and he had run into his room and hid under the covers.

The boy also claimed that on another occasion Campbell grabbed him by the chest after he had been jumping on a couch.

The child's mother also gave evidence and insisted the attacks did not happen.

Campbell's solicitor Neil McCulloch argued at the end of the prosecution testimony that there was no case to answer.

Sheriff Joan Kerr upheld the submission adding she had also been "deeply troubled" by the "quality" of certain evidence.

Campbell, whose family had connections to the UVF, moved back to Glasgow's Bridgeton area after being freed from his life sentence in 2011.

It was there that he murdered Mark Scott because he was wearing a Celtic scarf as walked home from a game with friends.

His trial heard how Campbell ran up behind the victim and screamed a sectarian remark before slashing his throat.

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