What comes with dating a gangster
The four denied the accusations during a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
But, the case yesterday collapsed after prosecutors withdrew the charges against them following two days of evidence.
It is the second time in five years Monaghan has walked free after a trial.
In May 2012, he was acquitted at the High Court in Glasgow following claims he had gunned down Kevin Carroll at an Asda supermarket in the city’s Robroyston.
At the height of his power, he employed over 1,000 gunmen in his service and had up to half of the city’s police force on his payroll.
Yet in his final years, he had descended into a frightened, quivering mess, who would scream out at night for ‘Jimmy’ to leave him alone.
Mr Lyle was then played CCTV footage from that night captured close to the bar.He replied: “No.” The court heard he suffered a number of injuries including a torn left ear, a broken nose, a brain bleed and other “complex” fractures.Mr Allan then asked: “Can you explain how you came about these injuries?The taxi driver was said to have been assaulted and knocked unconscious in the street outside the pub.The fiscal asked Mr Lyle if he recalled being in an ambulance.