Wit­ness tells of bid to save woman af­ter stab­bing in city street

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY CIARAN SHANKS

A WOMAN has told a mur­der trial how she bat­tled in vain to save a friend who had been stabbed.

Wendy McKin­ney, 44, was giv­ing ev­i­dence at the trial of Robert Strat­ton, who de­nies mur­der­ing Julie McCash, 43, and David Sor­rie, 32, in Drum­lan­rig Drive on Fe­bru­ary 26.

Ju­rors at the High Court i n Ed­in­burgh heard that a num­ber of peo­ple had gath­ered in Mid Craigie to com­fort Ni­cola Duffy, whose son Ral­phie Smith, 18, had gone miss­ing and later died af­ter fall­ing from cliffs in Ar­broath.

It was agreed by both the Crown and Strat­ton’s l awyers that Ms McCash suf­fered a sin­gle pen­e­trat­ing wound to her chest by a knife held by Strat­ton, 42, and that Mr Sor­rie died form a sin­gle pen­e­trat­ing wound to his ab­domen.

Strat­ton has l odged a spe­cial de­fence of self-de­fence in re­la­tion to the deaths.

The trial heard how Ms McKin­ney and Mr Sor­rie had left a nearby house af­ter be­ing told about Ms McCash suf­fer­ing an in­jury.

She said Strat­ton was stand­ing out­side on his own with two knives in his hands when they emerged.

Ms McKin­ney claimed Strat­ton “lunged” at her with the knives be­fore she was able to reach Ms McCash, who was ly­ing be­side a drive­way.

She said: “I seen Mr Strat­ton stand­ing there be­side the rocks. He was stand­ing on his own and he had two knives, one in each hand.

“He was swing­ing them and he made mo­tions to­wards me and David.

“He lunged for­ward and I put my foot up to pro­tect my­self.

“I stepped back and I caught where Julie was and I ran to Julie.”

She added: “I left Dave Sor­rie and I saw him fall­ing off the kerb.

“I pulled her top up, seen the wound. I slapped her face, breathed in her mouth and I put my body across and just kept try­ing to breath into her mouth but there was noth­ing.

“I saw a stab wound above her stom­ach.”

Ear­lier, the court had heard from Ms McKin­ney’s son Darren Wal­lace, 25. Hold­ing back the tears, Mr Wal­lace told the jury that he and Ms McCash were out­side the home oc­cu­pied by his aunt and un­cle i n Drum­lan­rig Drive just af­ter 5am.

He said that Strat­ton and part­ner Lee Kin­ney, along with oth­ers, were in the prop­erty at the time.

He and Ms McCash then left due to “abu­sive” be­hav­iour from Ms Kin­ney — who lived with Stat­ton in an ad­ja­cent house — to­wards Ms McKin­ney.

Mr Wal­lace said: “Me and Julie were stand­ing at the drive­way.

Main im­age: Po­lice foren­sics of­fi­cers at the scene of the al­leged mur­ders in Drum­lan­rig Drive. Pic­tured in­set,

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