Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Friday March 6th 1964: Boxing Champ and Girl Found Stabbed in Back Court

Warning: This post contains a crime scene photograph.

Cornwall Street, Kinning Park

A well-known Scottish boxer and a girl were found stabbed to death in a backcourt at 35 Cornwall Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, today. Beside them lay a blood-stained knife.

The man who died was 23 year old Andy Barrie, a docker and professional middle-weight boxer. The woman was Mrs Betty Duncan. The double tragedy was discovered by neighbours in the Cornwall Street tenement, one of whom, Mr Charles McLure of No.39 phoned police.

Mr McClure opened the window to see what was happening and heard a woman neighbour shouting for a pillow. He then saw the couple lying in the back court.

A crowd gathered in the street as police and an ambulance arrived at the close where a trail of blood led to the back court.

Thomas Milliken of Glasgow C.I.D told reporters: 'Inquiries are proceeding but we are not looking for any other person at the moment.'

Mrs Lena McGee whose ground floor flat looks out over the back court told reporters that she heard Mrs Duncan shouting, and on looking out saw Mrs Duncan lying in the back court with Mr Barrie standing nearby.

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