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Graeme Ferry death: Accused to stand trial in May

Graeme Ferry
Image caption Graeme Ferry's body was found in Cleland on 12 September

Three men accused of murdering a man whose body was found buried in North Lanarkshire are to stand trial in May.

Andrew Shilliday, 38, Garry Smith, 33, and Michael Archibald, 30, deny killing Graeme Ferry, 25, in April last year.

They also deny burying his body within a wooded area at Kirk O'Shotts and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Woolman set the trial for 10 May. It is expected to last for 15 days.

The three accused are charged with forcing Mr Ferry into a car at 66 John Bowman Gardens, Bellshill, on 2 April and during the course of a journey to Kirk O'Shotts, assaulting him by means unknown and murdering him.

Phone claims

It is also alleged that they transported the 25-year-old's body to an area of wasteland at Chapelknowe Road, Cleland, and dug a hole.

It is claimed they placed Mr Ferry's body in the hole and covered his head and body with pieces of concrete, stones, debris, soil and similar materials.

It is alleged that on various occasions Mr Smith texted and called Mr Ferry's mobile and phoned his mother Janette Ferry to inquire if he had returned home .

The Crown also allege that during the investigation into Mr Ferry's disappearance all three accused claimed he left the house in John Bowman Gardens at 01:00 to travel to Coatbridge.

It is alleged they did this with intent to induce the police to believe Mr Ferry was still alive when they last saw him.

They are also accused of disposing of a number of mobile phones and disposing of the carpet from the boot area of the car allegedly used to transport Mr Ferry.

Co-accused

It is also alleged that the three attempted to defeat the ends of justice by telling Lisa McAteer and Pamela Sneddon to say to police that Mr Ferry left John Bowman Gardens to go to Coatbridge to meet an unknown man.

Mr Smith is also charged with supplying Mr Ferry, who is from Bellshill, with cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and Diazepam.

All three deny all the charges against them.

Ms McAteer, from Bellshill, and Ms Sneddon, from Holytown, will also go on trial as co-accused.

They are accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by repeatedly failing to notify police of the abduction and murder of Mr Ferry and telling them that he had left John Bowman Gardens alone.

Both women deny the charges against them.

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