Glasgow & West Scotland

Convicted murderer attacked OAP friend over debt

A 76-year-old convicted murderer has admitted assaulted his pensioner friend because he owed him money.

William Sweeney punched 68-year-old Edward Wotherspoon and tried to hit him with a knife in the Sir John Stirling Maxwell pub in Shawlands, Glasgow.

The attack happened while the victim was with other friends on 22 January.

Sentence on Sweeney was deferred and he was remanded in custody. He has a previous murder conviction from 1964 from London Central Court.

Sweeney also has a High Court conviction from 2001 for assault to severe injury.

Pub attack

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Mr Wotherspoon and Sweeney had been friends for years.

About 17:00, the victim and some friends were in the pub, sitting near the bar when Sweeney came in shouting.

Procurator fiscal depute John Bedford said: "He attempted to strike the complainer on the face with the knife."

He also told the court Sweeney tried to punch Mr Wotherspoon on the head.

Those nearby intervened, the knife was taken off of him, and he was ushered out of the pub and the police were called.

'He pushed me'

When police later spoke to Sweeney he told them: "I went in to the pub to ask Mr Wotherspoon for money he owed me for ages.

"He pushed me, I pushed him back."

Defence lawyer Bill McCluskey said: "Mr Sweeney has been quite clear from the start he wanted this matter resolved."

He added that his client's initial recollection was not supported by CCTV but that Sweeney now "accepts full his responsibility for it".

Sheriff Sam Cathcart deferred sentence until later this month and Sweeney was remanded in custody.

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