Paisley man set for trial over claims he knifed victim in neck then torched home

A man is set to go on trial over claims he knifed a man in the neck and then set a fire in his alleged victim’s home.

John Thomas, 38, was fully committed for trial over the death of John Dalziel, 47, during a hearing at Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutors claim he murdered Mr Dalziel on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Mr Dalziel’s home in Whitesbridge Avenue, Paisley, Renfrewshire.

The single charge against Thomas states he “did inflict blunt force trauma to his head, did strike him on the neck with a knife or other sharply blade instrument and did set alight a jacket within the property there”.

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Thomas appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court.
(Image: Drew Neil: PDE)

Mr Dalziel was rushed to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital with serious injuries after being pulled out of a blaze at a property after 10pm on the day in question.

He died shortly after.

Thomas was remanded in custody and made his second court appearance on Tuesday, represented by defence solicitor Mark Chambers, of law firm Tod & Mitchell.

He made no plea to the single charge against him and was again remanded in custody after being fully committed for trial.

No future court dates have been set, but Thomas is set to go on trial over the claims in due course, subject to delays to the justice system caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Daily Record – Paisley