‘He sug­gested I was to blame for fire in our house’

Wife ac­cused of leav­ing iron on

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MUR­DER ac­cused Mal­colm Web­ster told his wife she might have caused a fire at their home, a court has heard.

Felic­ity Drumm, 50, told the High Court in Glas­gow she re­turned to the Aberdeen­shire cot­tage she shared with Mal­colm Web­ster to dis­cover there had been a fire.

And dur­ing cross ex­am­i­na­tion by de­fence coun­sel Edgar Prais the 50-year-old nurse said: “I re­mem­ber iron­ing my uni­form.”

The court pre­vi­ously heard how a fire started in the lounge of the Easter Letter cot­tage the cou­ple shared and de­stroyed some of the cou­ple’s be­long­ings.

The district nurse, who al­leges that Web­ster drugged her be­tween 1996 and 1999, de­scribed her­self as be­ing a “crea­ture of habit” and how it was her rou­tine to get up early.

Mr Prais asked Felic­ity if when she re­turned from work to find her hus­band and the fire brigade at her home if she thought it might have been due to her leav­ing the iron on.

She said: “It was sug­gested to me by Mal­colm that per­haps I had left the iron on.”

Mr Prais then asked if she be­lieved it could have been pos­si­ble that the iron had been left on be­fore she went to work.

He said: “Could it be that when that was said that you may have thought it was pos­si­ble you had left the iron on, it crossed your mind?”

She replied: “I cer­tainly think it crossed my mind mo­men­tar­ily.”

The wit­ness pre­vi­ously de­scribed how she was “sur­prised” to find her hus­band at home that day when she came back from work.

The court also heard ev­i­dence of med­i­cal notes re­lat­ing to Web­ster’s wife.

Mr Prais said on June 23, 1997, she at­tended an ap­point­ment at a GP surgery in Westhill, Aberdeen­shire.

He asked her why through­out her ev­i­dence she re­ferred to three episodes dur­ing her time with Web­ster where she felt “sleepy”, “in­tox­i­cated” or had ex­pe­ri­enced “dou­ble vi­sion”.

The court pre­vi­ously heard Felic­ity had vis­ited a doc­tor in New Zealand and was told there were var­i­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties for what the prob­lem could be – a mi­graine, epilepsy or a brain tu­mour.

Re­fer­ring to her med­i­cal notes, Mr Prais said: “Do you have any no­tion of why it would say there were only two episodes?”

Felic­ity replied: “No. I think who­ever has writ­ten the notes up has made a mis­take when tran­scrib­ing.”

The wit­ness told the court she at­tended that par­tic­u­lar ap­point­ment as part of her reg­is­tra­tion with the prac­tice.

She also told the court

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