Wishaw man convicted of murdering dad-of-two in row over t-shirt

A Wishaw man has been convicted of murdering 30-year-old dad-of-two Terry Smith by stabbing him 11 times in the back.

Callum Andrews, 22, who is facing a life sentence, carried out the brutal killing within a flat in Doonside Tower, Motherwell, on August 13, 2019.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the incident was sparked by Terry – known as TJ – winding up Andrews’s friend Connor Doherty about the T-shirt he was wearing.

Andrews grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed TJ, while 20-year-old Doherty smashed him over the head with a vase and a bottle.

Within 30 seconds TJ was dead lying on the living room floor with the blade of the knife still embedded in him.

The force used to inflict the stab wounds was such that the handle snapped off.

Andrews claimed that he was acting under provocation after his friend Doherty was threatened by TJ, who he claimed had a knife. He denied murder but admitted the culpable homicide of TJ.

The incident took place around 4am. Later Andrews boasted that he had murdered someone.

At the time of the killing Andrews was on bail and banned by a court order from leaving his home in Glasgow Road, Wishaw between 9pm and 9am.

Doherty, who was also charged with murdering TJ, was convicted of the reduced charge of assault to injury.

Prosecutor Kevin McCallum QC told the court: “Mr Smith had a nine-year-old daughter and his partner was pregnant at the time. She has since given birth to a baby son.”

The court was told that Andrews has previous convictions for violence, including assaulting his mother and a six-year-old child.

Judge Lady Stacey deferred sentence on both men until April for background reports. Andrews was remanded in custody and Doherty was given bail.

The court heard that a party was being held in the flat and everyone was in good spirits, until violence suddenly erupted.

Neither Andrews or Doherty gave evidence.

Defence QC Tony Graham, representing Andrews, said: “Callum Andrews is the stabber. He acted because he thought Mr Doherty was in mortal danger.

“Terry Smith had cornered Mr Doherty. At that stage the only thing Mr Andrews could do was go to the aid of his pal and that’s precisely what he did.

“He did not take a knife to the party. His position is that Mr Smith was wielding a knife and Mr Andrews made a split second decision to assist his pal and get a knife from the kitchen.”

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A friend of TJ’s Lindsey Davidson, who was at the party said he was “teasing” Doherty about what he was wearing.

Miss Davidson said: “It was just whatever was on his T-shirt. He was just winding him up – that was the way Terry was.”

She said in evidence that Andrews got a knife from the kitchen and “just went for Terry”.

Daily Record – Motherwell