Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

HOW MAN A KILLED A FRAIL FRIEND - COURT; Jury Told of Injuries Suffered by Grandad

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

HOW MAN A KILLED A FRAIL FRIEND - COURT; Jury Told of Injuries Suffered by Grandad

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A MAN choked and killed his frail, elderly friend, then set fire to the 77-year-old victim's bungalow trying to cover his tracks, a jury heard.

Malcolm Harland feigned shock at hearing the news of the fire and his friend's death, for which he was in fact responsible, it is alleged. He also visited the victim's Redcar home pretending to pay his respects, Teesside Crown Court was told. Harland, 50, denies murder. Mr McGlade's son Christopher, a comedian who recently appeared in the West End in Billy Elliot the Musical, gave evidence yesterday.

He told jurors: "I'm proud to be his son." He described his father as an independent-minded, strong character who wouldn't let a disability stop him from going out and living a normal life. He said his dad believed his friend "Mally" had been taking money from him and once set a "trap", leaving some cash lying about, to prove it. The Crown say Harland killed Terry McGlade at Mr McGlade's dormer bungalow on Pennine Crescent in the early hours of July 9. Prosecutor Christine Egerton said: "The fact is that Terence McGlade ended up being killed by his friend and that he was injured. The injury was a cause of death.

"The defendant tried to cover up what he'd done, firstly with fire and secondly with a succession of lies. "After the killing, the defendant set fire to the house in order to cover his tracks. He wanted to burn the body and to conceal the evidence of what he had done." She said Harland visited Mr McGlade, who was in poor health, had undergone a hip operation and walked with a crutch, on the night of July 8. According to Harland, there was an argument and fight between the two friends, said to have been described as "like an old married couple". It was suggested they might have argued over Harland's drinking or Harland demanded money or demanded to stay with Mr McGlade. …

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