|Posted on October 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM|
Cops will mingle with mourners tomorrow as the funeral of former gangster Stewart Gillespie takes place.
A service in memory of 53-year-old Gillespie – who died during a disturbance at a house in Gallowhill, Paisley, earlier this month – will take place at the J&W Goudie funeral parlour, in the town’s Maxwellton Street, at 10am.
The dad-of-two will then be buried at nearby Woodside Cemetery.
The Paisley Daily Express understands there will be a police presence at the funeral.
One source said: “Stewart Gillespie had been a major player in Paisley’s crime scene, so it’s only to be expected that the police would take an interest in his funeral arrangements.”
Convicted murderer and former drugs baron Gillespie was stabbed to death during a fight at the house he shared with his daughter Natalie and granddaughter Maia in Glencairn Road almost two weeks ago.
Paramedics who were called to the scene found Gillespie lying in a pool of blood, while a second man – 32-year-old Robert Lawther – was seriously injured.
Gillespie was released from prison two years ago, having served 14 years behind bars for the murder of rival drug dealer Mark Rennie.
Mr Rennie, 27, was shot dead near his home in Ferguslie Park in 1996.
Gillespie was a central figure in the bloody struggle for control of the town’s drug trade in the mid-90s and was also involved in scandal-hit security firm FCB and its links to alleged protection rackets, drug peddling and money laundering.
Cops have stressed that Gillespie’s death was not gang related.
Last Monday, 27-year-old Norman Carlton appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court, charged with Gillespie’s murder.
Carlton is alleged to have repeatedly stabbed Gillespie on the body with a knife on October 3.
He is also alleged to have attempted to murder Mr Lawther at the property in Glencairn Road on the same date by striking him on the body with a knife to his severe injury and the danger of his life.
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