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Men involved in shooting murder given crime prevention orders

Two of the men involved in the murder of a man who was shot in the head as he sat in a car at traffic lights have been given court orders designed to prevent involvement in serious organised crime.

Kenny Reilly, 29, was shot in Maryhill, Glasgow, on 16 April 2018 and died two days later.

The hit had been organised by Darren Eadie, 30, who brought three other men together to carry out the shooting.

John Kennedy, 41, opened his passenger door and shot Mr Reilly after they pulled alongside the car Mr Reilly was in as it stopped at traffic lights

Eadie and Kennedy, along with two other men, were found guilty of Mr Reilly’s murder after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last month. The murder was connected to serious organised crime.

On Wednesday they were both given Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs), which will come into effect when they are released from jail and are designed to prevent their return to crime.

They are believed to be the first SCPOs granted in Scotland after a murder conviction.

Laura Buchan, Procurator Fiscal for Specialist Casework, said: “Kenny Reilly’s murder was a brazen shooting deliberately carried out by men involved in serious and organised crime.

“As well as prosecuting criminals, COPFS has a duty to protect Scottish communities from the harm done by serious and organised crime gangs. SCPOs are one of the ways we can do that, ensuring restrictions are placed on offenders’ activities and that they are subject to monitoring upon their release from prison.

“The restrictions placed on these men are designed to prevent any future involvement in serious crime.”

ACC Andy Freeburn said: “Serious Crime Prevention Orders are used to protect the public by preventing, restricting or disrupting a person’s involvement in serious crime. Their use is an important tactic available to Police Scotland, which helps our officers protect our communities from the activities of organised criminals by imposing requirements that they must comply with for the duration of the order.

“Breaching a SCPO is a serious offence and we will continue to work in partnership with others, including the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, to limit any potential offending by robustly managing orders imposed by the courts.”