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Murder bid accused Fraser Griffiths enters insanity plea

A man accused of attempting to murder a woman and three children by driving into a stationary car has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Fraser Griffiths, 39, faces the charge, or an alternative charge of recklessly endangering the lives of others, over the crash in Campbeltown on 11 May.

His passengers - who cannot be named for legal reasons - were badly injured.

Mr Griffiths, who is being held at the State Hospital at Carstairs will stand trial next month.

He is also accused of breach of the peace, assault and struggling with police.

At a brief hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh, defence advocate Lewis Kennedy said Mr Griffiths wished to enter a plea of not guilty be reason of insanity.

Judge Lord Bracadale was told the accused had an extensive and documented mental health history.

Mr Griffiths will trial in Glasgow next month.

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