Man cleared of East Ren murder

A MAN on a murder charge has been found not guilty at the High Court in Glasgow.

Francis Coates (36) was standing trial for the murder of John Finnegan (48) by shooting him in Neilston on October 27 of last year.

But Mr Coates incriminated another man, Armour Donnell, of the shooting in the area’s Bank Street.

He said Mr Donnell was paid £10,000 by William ‘Basil’ Burns to carry out the contract on the orders of Stewart Gillespie – a feared gangster in Paisley.

Another man who had been accused of being involved in Mr Finnegan’s death, James McCarron (33), had the charges against him dropped.

Stewart Gillespie was stabbed to death in his home in Paisley on October 3.

A 27-year-old man has since appeared in court charged with his murder.