‘He suggested I was to blame for fire in our house’
Wife accused of leaving iron on
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