A JOHNSTONE man appeared in court today charged with attempted murder following a shooting at a farm.

Don Templeton, 36, is accused of trying to kill James McGurk, 41, who suffered injuries to his back and buttocks as he worked on a car at Crosslee Poultry Farm, in Bridge of Weir, on October 31 this year.

Following the incident, Mr McGurk was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, for treatment.

Templeton was led into the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court in handcuffs this afternoon to face the single charge against him.

He made no plea to a charge of attempted murder during the short hearing, where he was represented by defence solicitor Tony Callahan, a partner in law firm Callahan, McKeown and Company.

The charge states that he and another man – John Docherty – "did assault James McGurk and did discharge a firearm at him, striking him on the body, and did attempt to murder said James McGurk."

Sheriff Ian Anderson released Templeton on bail with special conditions in place and continued the case for prosecutors to investigate further.

As part of his bail conditions, Templeton is banned from going to the farm or approaching or contacting Mr McGurk.

On Monday, 45-year-old Docherty, of Largs, Ayrshire, also appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court charged with attempted murder over the incident.

He made no plea to the charge and was remanded in custody.

No future court dates have been set for either man but Docherty is expected to make a second court appearance next week.