Man accused of assaulting former council leader in court

John Morrison
John Morrison

THE man accused of assaulting a former leader of East Dunbartonshire Council shortly before he died appeared in court last week.

Darren Murphy (25) is alleged to have punched John Morrison on the head in the early hours of the morning on Saturday, December 22.

The alleged assault took place in Glasgow’s Dunlop Street. Mr Morrison was found collapsed in nearby Argyle Street shortly afterwards.

It was reported that a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and the exact cause of death has still to be established.

Murphy, from Glasgow, made no plea or declaration when he appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

He was released on bail by Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell.

Mr Morrison was the Liberal Democrat leader of the council from 2003 until 2007.

His death prompted a wave of tributes from fellow councillors and Liberal Democrats - including MP Jo Swinson and former party leader Charles Kennedy MP,who described Mr Morrison as a “great character and a memorable personality”.

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