Cousin of murder accused said he admitted being involved in death

The cousin of one of the men accused of kicking a 57-year-old Donegal man to death in a racially aggravated murder has said he admitted being involved in the killing.

Adel Ishaq and Asif Rehman deny killing William McKeeney, who died after the being attacked in a street in Glasgow's Pollokshields area in January this year.

Omar Bhatti, a cousin of Ishaq said he admitted to him that he had been involved in the attack and that they had then gone to a Glasgow lane and burnt his clothes.

The court also heard that Rehman's former partner, Charlene Milloy, asked him to swear on the grave of their late son that he wasn't involved.

She said that three days after the killing of Mr McKeeney she asked the two accused if they were involved with the death.

She held up a newspaper containing an article with details of the killing and said to them: "What is the script with this?"

She said, however, that her former partner was high on drugs and that she couldn't make any sense out of him.

She asked Rehman to swear on their late son Adam's grave that he had no involvement with the killing. He shrugged in response.

Ishaq also shrugged and said: "I didn't mean it."

The trial continues at Kilmarnock sheriff court.