Killer back inside

A MURDERER from Newton Mearns has been jailed after threatening to kill another man.

The threat was made by Alan Woodside (35) last October outside Glasgow Sheriff Court to Hugh George.

Mr George had been due to appear on a charge of assaulting Woodside’s sister.

George, who had been waiting outside the building with his father, mother and two sisters, told the court: “We were all sitting and standing around and talking away.

“Next minute I realised someone was behind me and he said he was going to murder me”.

He further told the court that Woodside, who was out on life licence at the time, had threatened that George would be killed whether or not he went to jail.

Woodside then left and went to be with his sister in the witness area.

However, he was stopped by security when he tried to leave the court as a member of George’s family pointed him out.

Woodside denied the charge and insisted that he had only told George to stay away from his sister.

His licence was recalled after the incident.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Sheriff Bill Totten sentenced Woodside to six months and said: “Domestic abuse is very unpleasant. Hugh George has been convicted of domestic abuse in this case.

“I recognise that family members have understandable concerns for sisters who are being abused – it is understandable that they want to support and protect members of the family who are being abused”.

The Sheriff could not, however, support Woodside’s actions on the occasion and added: “By coming to the court the accused made matters much worse, obviously, for himself and I think for his sister”.

Woodside had been out on life licence after he and his brother, Alex, were convicted of murdering John Hampson (16) in Croftfoot in 1998.

At the time, it was claimed that the brothers thought the teenager was a member of a gang that had attacked Alex — though, it was subsequently made clear, he wasn’t associated.

Their mother was so sickened about the crime that she reported her two sons to the police and said they had boasted about the attack.