Pair on murder charge

The car park in Hozier Street, Coatbridge, where Mr Donnelly's body was found.
The car park in Hozier Street, Coatbridge, where Mr Donnelly's body was found.

A MAN and a woman have been charged with murdering 27-year-old Mark Donnelly whose body was found in a car park at the weekend.

Martin MacMaikan (28), of Crofthead Crescent, Bellshill, and Amanda Cook (21), of supported accommodation in Manse Avenue, Coatbridge, appeared in private at Airdrie Sheriff Court.

They were accused of murdering Mr Donnelly by repeatedly punching, kicking and stamping on his head and body, injuring him so severely that he died.

The pair were also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by destroying evidence. It’s alleged they got rid of the dead man’s phone and Cook’s clothing, and put MacMaikan’s clothes in a washing machine at his home.

MacMaikan was further charged with having cannabis resin while Cook was said to have been on bail at the time of the alleged murder.

The pair were represented by solicitors Nicholas Scullion senior and Raymond Ferguson who made no plea on their behalf.

Sheriff David Hall remanded both accused in custody for a week.

Mr Donnelly was from Bellshill although latterly he lived in Muirhouse Tower, Motherwell.

His body was discovered in a car park in the Whifflet area of Coatbridge around 6.30 on Sunday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Graham said: “A young man has died as a result of a violent assault. His family have been left devastated.”

Police still want to hear from anyone who saw Mr Donnelly in the hours leading up to his death.

DCI Graham said he was in Motherwell town centre on Saturday afternoon and was also seen in Bellshill around 5pm.