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A Pais­ley man ac­cused of mur­der­ing his best pal told de­tec­tives he lay stricken by the side of a river for three days af­ter slip­ping and break­ing his leg.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Peter Grady told the High Court in Glas­gow that Wil­liam Cameron ap­peared shocked and up­set when the was given the news that Dar­ryl Fitch was dead.

DS Grady was giv­ing ev­i­dence at the trial of Cameron, who de­nies mur­der­ing his 43-year-old friend dur­ing a camp­ing week­end at Locher Wa­ter, Bridge of Weir.

He told pros­e­cu­tor Richard God­dard that he first spoke to Cameron, 39, at the Royal Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal in Pais­ley, where he was be­ing treated for a bro­ken leg.

The jury was told that Cameron said that he and Mr Fitch planned to camp for three days.

He said they were drink­ing and tak­ing Val­ium.

He also claimed that

no-one vis­ited the camp­site and he had no dis­pute or al­ter­ca­tion with Mr Fitch or any­one else.

DS Grady told the court that Cameron then said: “Fitch dis­ap­peared about 8. I thought he had gone home, gone for food,” and he added: “He then made ref­er­ence to walk­ing down a slope to­wards the wa­ter and fell and hit his head and broke his leg.

“He said he shouted for help for the next three days.”

The de­tec­tive said that Cameron told him that Mr Fitch’s phone was nearby, but he couldn’t use it to call for help be­cause it was locked.

As Cameron was about to be wheeled into theatre for an op­er­a­tion on his bro­ken leg, DS Grady re­vealed that his friend was dead.

The de­tec­tive was asked by Mr God­dard: “How did he ap­pear?” and replied: “He ap­peared shocked by the news and gen­uinely up­set by it.”

He also said: “My mate’s died try­ing to save me,” and added that Mr Fitch was his best friend and he couldn’t be­lieve he was dead.

De­fence QC John Scul­lion asked if Cameron was con­fused and un­der med­i­ca­tion when he spoke to the po­lice, and DS Grady replied that he was.

Mr Scul­lion went on: “Mr Cameron was shocked when you told him about his friend and couldn’t be­lieve he was dead. Is that cor­rect?” and DS Grady replied: “Yes.”

The trial, be­fore judge Lord Mul­hol­land, con­tin­ues.

Tragic Dar­ryl Fitch

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