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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:48 pm 
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For viewers south of the border, culpable homicide in Scotland is roughly equivalent to manslaughter in England.


Chairman’s vote halts killer’s bid to be private hire driver

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THE casting vote of Glasgow’s licensing committee chairman narrowly prevented a man jailed for culpable homicide from becoming a private hire driver.

Alexander Gallagher, who was locked up after admitting killing Gavin Wright, of Barrowfield, in August 2004, had applied for a temporary six-week licence.

He told the committee how since his release he had worked in the parks department at Glasgow City Council, being promoted to a supervisor role.

After deliberating on the application, licensing chiefs reached a stalemate, with three in favour of granting the licence and three against.

Chairman Alex Wilson, who has the final say on tied votes, broke the deadlock – ruling against Mr Gallagher.

A Police Scotland representative said, on August 9, 2004, Mr Gallagher had assaulted a male, kicking and stabbing him. The man was “so severely injured” he died, the officer added.

Mr Wilson, addressing the applicant, said: “What can I say, I know you’ve been to prison for this offence. It doesn’t make good reading.”

Mr Gallagher, who said he spent six years and eight months in prison, asked the committee to take into account his work history when considering the application. Asked whether he had undertaken any anger management courses, Mr Gallagher said he hadn’t met the criteria while in prison. “It wasn’t my decision,” he added.

Councillor Wilson, seconded by councillor Elspeth Kerr, moved that the application was refused. Councillor Rhiannon Spear, seconded by councillor James Coleman, put forward an amendment, calling for the application to be granted. The motion was carried after Mr Wilson’s casting vote.

Mr Gallagher and his father, Alexander Gallagher senior, who shouted encouragement from a window of the family home during the attack, were arrested following the incident in 2004. The victim suffered multiple skull fractures and 17 stab wounds, a court heard during trial.

In June 2010, the High Court in Glasgow heard how in 2005 the Gallaghers were both convicted of murdering Mr Wright and ordered to serve at least 15 years in jail before being eligible for parole. But, after the trial, examination of CCTV footage cast doubts on two witnesses and the Appeal Court quashed the convictions.

The Crown, which was given authority to raise fresh proceedings, later accepted the father and son’s pleas to a reduced charge of culpable homicide. The court had also heard how the Gallagher and Wright families were involved in a long-running feud which began when racing pigeons were found dead in a loft.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:51 pm 
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The victim suffered multiple skull fractures and 17 stab wounds, a court heard during trial.


Well if three of the councillors thought this guy suitable for a badge, irrespective of how long ago it was, what he's done since then blah, blah... [-X

On the other hand, recall that there's another convicted killer who *has* got a Glasgow badge...

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:42 am 
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Alexander Gallagher, who was locked up after admitting killing Gavin Wright, of Barrowfield, in August 2004, had applied for a temporary six-week licence.

The question all the law books say about 'fit and proper' is would you be happy for the applicant to take you and your family from A to B, or along those lines.

People are entitled to rebuild their lives, and well done to the fella for doing so.

But driving a taxi/PH? I think not.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:23 pm 
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Alexander Gallagher, who was locked up after admitting killing Gavin Wright, of Barrowfield, in August 2004, had applied for a temporary six-week licence.

The question all the law books say about 'fit and proper' is would you be happy for the applicant to take you and your family from A to B, or along those lines.

People are entitled to rebuild their lives, and well done to the fella for doing so.

But driving a taxi/PH? I think not.



Agree


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