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Assassin shot dead in gang revenge killing; Victim was blamed for murder.

Byline: Exclusive By Derek Alexander

A MAN shot dead on his doorstep was murdered in a revenge attack.

Kevin McCluskey, 39, was blamed for killing Derek McDonald three years ago.

McCluskey, who had become a virtual recluse, was shot several times at his home in Leithland Road, Pollok, Glasgow, on Sunday night.

Detectives now fear the murder could spark a fresh gangland war in the area.

McDonald, 42, was kicked and punched to death near his home on the estate on April 6, 2002.

McCluskey was charged with the murder but the case was dropped due to lack of evidence.

However, associates of McDonald always blamed him for their pal's death.

A source said: 'McCluskey knew people were out to get him and had turned to a few people for protection.

'He wasn't a particularly popular guy and it was only a matter of time before someone got to him.'

Police yesterday set up an incident room in a bid to attract witnesses.

McCluskey was single and lived with his parents, who were last night being comforted by relatives.

He was found in his garden and rushed to the city's Southern General Hospital but died from his injuries.

A post-mortem was being carried out last night. The murder hunt is being led by Detective Inspector John McDonald of Govan CID.

Police are anxious to speak to a man wearing a light-coloured jacket and a baseball hat who was seen running in Leithland Road.

They appealed for witnesses to come forward.


PROBE: Police at the scene of McCluskey's killing
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Date:Feb 8, 2005
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