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
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