There’s been trou­ble.. I’ve stabbed some­body

OAP tells court of 6am phone call he re­ceived from mur­der ac­cused af­ter blood­bath at wake for tragic teen

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A PENSIONER has told a court how a man ac­cused of mur­der­ing two peo­ple phoned him to say he had knifed some­body.

Nor­man Kin­ney, 68, told a jury yes­ter­day that Robert Strat­ton, 43, called at 6am and made the ad­mis­sion to him.

The High Court in Ed­in­burgh heard Nor­man say he got the call as he got ready to take his grand­chil­dren on a day trip.

When pros­e­cu­tor Alex Pren­tice QC asked Nor­man what Strat­ton said, the re­tired HGV driver replied: “He said, ‘There’s been trou­ble. Get down to my house now’. He said, ‘I’ve stabbed some­body’.”

Nor­man, of Dundee, was giv­ing ev­i­dence on the sec­ond day of the trial against Strat­ton, also from the city.

Strat­ton ad­mits killing Julie McCash, 43, and David Sor­rie, 32, by stab­bing them but de­nies mur­der.

His le­gal team have lodged spe­cial de­fences of in­crim­i­na­tion and claim he was act­ing in self de­fence.

The deaths hap­pened af­ter a wake for tragic teenager Ralph Smith, who fell to his death from cliffs in Ar­broath ear­lier the same month.

Nor­man, who gave his ev­i­dence by video link, told the court how he is the fa­ther of Strat­ton’s part­ner Lee.

He said Strat­ton told him Lee was in their house in Drum­lan­rig Drive and that he was at another lo­ca­tion five min­utes away from the prop­erty.

Nor­man told Mr Pren­tice: “My main con­cern was my daugh­ter. So I drove to the house. By the time I ar­rived, there were armed po­lice sur­round­ing the house and there were two peo­ple on the ground.

“I was scared. I thought my daugh­ter was ly­ing dead in the house. I saw two peo­ple ly­ing there dead.”

Nor­man said he told po­lice of­fi­cers he then went to pick Strat­ton up. He

He said he knifed some­one. I said why did you do that when you have two good hands? NOR­MAN

added: “He said he had stabbed some­body. I said to him, ‘What the f*** did you do that for when you’ve got two good hands.

“So he started to cry and I gave him two roll-ups.”

Pren­tice asked him if Strat­ton had said any­thing else and Nor­man replied: “He said he stabbed two peo­ple.”

Lee Kin­ney later gave ev­i­dence, also by video link. She told de­fence lawyer Ed­ward Tar­gowski QC how she had at­tended the get-to­gether. She said she was asked to leave af­ter be­com­ing in­volved in an ar­gu­ment.

Lee said that af­ter leav­ing, a group of peo­ple at­tacked her. She added: “The blows were com­ing at me from all di­rec­tions. There were an­gry fe­male voices.

“My head was bust open. My fore­head was re­ally badly swollen and I was black and blue all over. My hair was con­gealed with blood.”

Strat­ton is ac­cused of mur­der­ing Julie and David by stab­bing them with a knife, as­sault­ing Lee and another woman, Wendy McKin­ney, and pos­sess­ing co­caine.

He has pled not guilty to all charges. The trial, be­fore judge Lord Beck­ett, con­tin­ues.

SLAIN David Sor­rie and Julie McCash were stabbed to death af­ter me­mo­rial turned vi­o­lent

PLUNGE Teenager Ralph Smith

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