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Man accused of Nike McAnespie murder bid

Kieran McAnespie
Image caption The stabbed man's brother is Arbroath player Kieran McAnespie

A 32-year-old man has appeared in court accused of attempting to murder the brother of footballer Kieran McAnespie.

Former soldier Gary Chalmers is alleged to have tried to kill Nike McAnespie, 25, by stabbing him on the body during the early hours of New Year's Day.

Mr McAnespie remains in a serious condition in hospital after an incident in Perth.

The accused, from Abernethy, made no plea or declaration. He was remanded in custody.

Houses raided

The case was continued after Mr Chalmer's appearance in private at Perth Sheriff Court.

It is alleged that he assaulted Mr McAnespie, from Perth, by stabbing him on the body with a knife to his severe injury and to the danger of his life in Gleneagles Road, Perth, on 1 January.

Mr McAnespie, whose brother has played for St Johnstone, Fulham and Falkirk, was initially reported to be in a "life threatening" condition but he has improved and is now stable.

Several houses were raided by police in the wake of the incident in the residential area of Perth and Mr Chalmers was detained by officers on 2 January.

Footballer Kieran McAnespie, 32, was chosen to join Scotland's 1998 World Cup squad as a future prospect and he went on to be picked for the Scotland under-21 squad.

While at St Johnstone he scored goals in wins over both Celtic and Rangers and later played for several lower league sides north and south of the border.

He currently plays for Arbroath.

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