Case 162

Lawrence Haggart

*** Content Warning: child victim, child sexual assault ***

In 1995, 15-year-old Scottish schoolboy Lawrence Haggart’s dreams came true when he was signed to join Celtic, an elite Scottish football club. The future looked bright for young Lawrence, until one night in March 1996 when his brother John Haggart awoke to the smell of something burning. He discovered Lawrence downstairs, beaten and set on fire. 

Police cast a suspicious eye on Lawrence’s brother, 12-year-old Dennis Haggart, believing he was motivated by jealousy. But everything was not as it seemed.



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Acid Attack: A Journalist’s War with Organised Crime – Russell Findlay



Celtic man quits – Sunday Mail

Probe coach quits – Sunday Mail

The below all sourced from: 

  • Celt starlet dies after fire attack’, March 18 1996 – Daily Record
  • Schoolboy footballer dies after being attacked in his home  The Scotsman
  • I watched my Celtic boy slip away  Daily Record
  • Mystery over motive – The Scotsman
  • New Bites – Daily Record
  • New Bites  Daily Record
  • Tears for a star  Sunday Mail
  • Now we’ll find my son’s murderer  Sunday Mail
  • Pervert quizzed on Celtic kid’s murder’  Daily Record
  • Paedophile quizzed over boy’s murder  The Scotsman
  • Man charged with football boy’s murder – The Scotsman
  • I found my Celtic brother with feet on fire  Daily Record
  • Brother admits lying after killing  The Scotsman
  • Boy, 14, denies he killed his brother  The Scotsman
  • Young Celtic football player was ‘beaten to death’  The Scotsman
  • Teenager’s head injuries ‘terminal’  The Scotsman
  • Night of sex with no names – The Herald
  • Killing blamed on Dunblane – The Scotsman
  • Detective denies beating murder suspect – The Herald
  • Officer denies he invented Haggart murder confession – The Herald
  • Haggart case told of porn videos – The Herald
  • Accused denies gay abduction fantasies – The Scotsman
  • Confession is lies, murder trial is told – The Herald
  • Inquiry into handling of Celtic murder case– The Scotsman
  • Family’s long fight for truth  The Scotsman
  • Footballer’s killer jailed: Judge recommends murderer of rising star serve at least 15 years for ‘ferocious crime’  The Herald
  • Judge missed chance to jail killer Beattie 14 years old  Daily Record
  • Detective in botched murder inquiry suspended – Scotland on Sunday
  • Haggart inquiry leader escapes censure after retiring  The Scotsman
  • Family of murder victim get apology  The Scotsman



Cops Frame Shame; secret police report slams murder squad officers who tried to fit up 12-year-old for the death of his brother – Sunday Mail

We got it wrong, police tell family – BBC News

‘No justice’ for murder victim’s family – BBC News

‘Cheers and tears for this boy’s life’ – The Herald Scotland

‘Pedophile appeals over murder of young footballer’  The Herald

Killer launches murder appeal – BBC News

‘Killers murder appeal rejected’ – BBC News

Celtic starlet’s killer could be free within months  The Sunday Express

Kitman Jim McCafferty’s sordid sex abuse allegations go back 20 years – Daily Record

Paedo uncle killed Celtic kid and stole my childhood  The Sun

Lawrence Haggart’s legacy will help Mille with cancer battle – The Scotsman



Brian Beattie VS Her Majesty’s Advocate, November 2003



Scottish Parliament, Thursday 30 September 1999

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