Glasgow murder accused ‘told prison cellmate he shot man over drugs and money’

A murder accused told a prison cellmate that a man was shot over “drugs and money”, a court has heard.

Kevin McGinn, 30, said that John Kennedy,41, admitted to him he killed Kenny Reilly in Maryhill, Glasgow, in April 2018.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard yesterday how the pair were sharing a cell at the city’s Barlinnie Prison in October that year.

McGinn told prosecutor Steven Borthwick that Kennedy made a series of admissions to him over an 11-day period.

Mr Borthwick said: “Did Mr Kennedy say anything to you about who killed Mr Reilly?”

McGinn replied: “Yes.” Mr Borthwick then added: “And what did Mr Kennedy say to you about that?”

Police stand guard at the scene where Kenny Reilly was fatally injured in Glasgow

McGinn replied: “He whispered in my ear and said to me, ‘It was me’.”

He was giving evidence on the fifth day of proceedings against Kennedy, who is standing trial alongside Morton Eadie, 55, Darren Eadie, 30, and Ross Fisher, also 30.

The quartet – from Glasgow – deny an allegation that they murdered Reilly. Kennedy also denies a further charge of murdering Jamie Campbell in Drumchapel, Glasgow, in March 2006, by shooting him on the body.

Yesterday, McGinn told Mr Borthwick he spoke to police after Kennedy spoke to him.

Mr Borthwick said: “What did Mr Kennedy tell you about how Mr Reilly had been killed?”

The witness replied: “Through drugs and money and gangland stuff.”

McGinn told the court that following Reilly’s death, Kennedy told him that he went to a hotel with a girl who was a prostitute.

He said Kennedy became nervous about the police knowing about this and telling his partner Kelly Haldane, who might then turn informer.

McGinn told officers that Kennedy said he was “masked up”, wore a “boiler suit” and that he wore “gloves” and

had vaseline on his hands and arms during the attack.

Kennedy told him it was “proper hitman stuff” and “a clean job”, he added.

The Crown claims the four men’s alleged actions were “aggravated by a connection with serious organised crime”.

Kennedy’s lawyers have lodged a special defence, saying at the time of the alleged offences, he was at home in Glasgow “at times in the company” of Kelly.

The trial, before judge Lord Beckett, continues.

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