15 year old Lawrence Haggart was found beaten and burned on the floor of his living room in Larbert in the early hours of 16th March 1996. Police had suspected his 12 year old brother of murdering him out of jealousy of Lawrence’s success on the football field.
Article from the Sunday Mail Newspaper on 17th March 1996
“One of Scotland’s brightest young footballing prospects was fighting for his life last night after a horrific attack. The Celtic youth player was rushed to hospital in Edinburgh after being viciously attacked in his own home. And his injuries are so severe, Parkhead club personnel admit they are praying the lad lives. He has been given the last rites. Last night Celtic youth team boss Willie McStay was too upset to go into detail about the savage assault. He said “Let’s just hope to God he pulls through.”
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Sources and references:
BBC News Archives : news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/
The Sunday Mail : 17th March 1996
The Scottish Sun : 16th April 2015
The Sunday Mail : 29th May 2005
The Sunday Mail : June 5th 2005
The Daily Express : 22nd April 2012