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Jean Campbell death: Murder victim had 11 broken ribs

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

A woman who was murdered in a Glasgow park while walking her dog had suffered 11 broken ribs and a broken thigh bone, a judge has been told.

Forensic scientist Marjorie Turner told a hearing that many of Jean Campbell's injuries could have been caused by being assaulted with a dog lead.

Paul Ward, 21, denies killing Mrs Campbell by striking her with a dog lead in Cranhill Park in December 2013.

He has been deemed unfit to stand trial because of mental health issues.

Mr Ward is not present at the examination of the facts, which is taking place before a judge at the High Court in Glasgow.

Earlier, the court heard that his friend Thomas Leyden told police Mr Ward was "getting worked up" about people thinking he was responsible.

Mr Leyden, 23, was giving evidence for a second day at an examination of facts into Mrs Campbell's death.

He admitted telling police in an interview in March 2014: "I know Paul is paranoid. Everyone thinks it's him and he is getting worked up about it."

Mr Leyden, who was interviewed a number of times by detectives investigating Mrs Campbell's death, claimed that they were trying to "put words in my mouth and intimidate me."

He told defence QC Donald Findlay: "Quite a lot of the time I would just say what the police wanted me to."

Mr Leyden agreed that Mr Ward had told him he had seen Mrs Campbell the night she died.

He also admitted that he had said to his friend he should not tell the police this.

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Image caption Paul Ward has been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial and is being detained at the State Hospital at Carstairs

The defence QC asked: "If Paul Ward had said anything that made you suspicious would you have told the police?" Mr Leyden replied: "Yes. I would have told the police and I would have disowned him. In my eyes, I think he is innocent."

When questioned by prosecutor Alex Prentice QC, Mr Leyden told him: "You're as bad as the police trying to twist my words to suit yourself."

Mr Prentice then said: "Paul Ward might have been the last person to see Jean Campbell alive," and Mr Leyden replied: "Apart from the person who did it."

The prosecutor added: "The reason you did not report this to the police and told Mr Ward not to tell the police was because you thought he would be a suspect," and Mr Leyden replied: "Yes."

Mr Prentice went on: "Paul Ward was becoming paranoid," and Mr Leyden said: "Yes, when the police were intimidating and the rumours started. Everyone was talking about it in Cranhill."

The prosecutor then asked Mr Leyden if he had pressed Mr Ward for more details about what he saw that night and what route he had taken, and he said: "No. It wasn't a big subject."

Image caption Mrs Campbell was found in Cranhill Park

Mrs Campbell's body was found in Cranhill Park at about 07:40 by her husband John. Her German Shepherd dog Kai was nearby.

The examination of facts hearing is taking place with no jury and Mr Ward is not present.

The evidence is being heard by judge Lord Matthews who will make a determination either to acquit Mr Ward or find that he committed the acts.

The judge cannot convict as that can only happen at a criminal trial where the accused is deemed fit to be tried.

The hearing continues.

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