Dying Paisley dad of man murdered by thug who broke off his electronic tag makes final plea for answers over – The Scottish Sun
THE dad of a man murdered by a thug who broke off his electronic tag has made a final plea for answers over his son’s death – as he revealed he’s dying of cancer.
Family man Craig McClelland, 31, was knifed by James Wright, 26, in Paisley in July 2017.
It emerged that serial offender Wright had been ‘unlawfully at large’ for five months after sabotaging his home detention curfew tag.
And Craig’s dad Michael, 60, has now made a tearful plea to the justice system and said he only has weeks to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
He told a radio station: “Unfortunately it looks like now in a couple of months I might not be here.
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“I need answers to my son’s death.
“I’m a strong guy. And my faith tells me I’m going to see my son again one day.
“But I want answers before I go.”
The Scottish Government has already ruled out holding a fatal accident inquiry into how Wright was allowed to roam free before killing dad-of-three Craig.
And Michael said he’s given up on the legal system – despite the family meeting with justice secretary Humza Yousaf last year.
He said: “I’m probably at my lowest ebb when it comes to the Scottish justice system. Craig’s murder has destroyed my family.
“I decided 24 months ago that a lot of my family would move aside and let me fight for justice for Craig.
“That was my job as a dad to go and do that.
“I haven’t heard anything in the 26 months since Craig was murdered that’s reassured me.
“I constantly listen to soundbites – ‘robust’…‘lessons will be learned’. It means nothing.”
The family have been campaigning to make it a specific crime to break off an electronic tag.
They have also asked the Lord Advocate James Wolff QC to find out why Wright was not taken back to prison before he had a chance to attack.
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The thug was jailed for life in June 2018 but claimed he did not get a fair trial.
He claimed his defence made mistakes in the closing speech to jurors.
However, after a week of deliberating in May this year, the appeal was quashed.
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