Murder accused wanted to help cops catch killer
Police told he wanted to find out what happened
Murder accused William Cameron told a detective he wanted to help the police find out who killed his best friend Darryl Fitch.
Detective Sergeant Michael McCarron told the High Court in Glasgow that he interviewed Cameron 13 days after Mr Fitch’s body was found face down in water with head injuries.
The police officer told prosecutor Richard Goddard that Cameron told him: “I want to tell police everything I know.
“I want to find out what happened to Darryl.”
DS McCarron was giving evidence at the trial of Cameron, 39, of Hollows Avenue, Paisley, who denies murdering 43-yearold Mr Fitch during a camping weekend at Locher Water, Bridge of Weir.
Defence QC John Scullion asked DS McCarron: “Mr Cameron said he wanted to help the police find out who killed Darryl, is that correct,” and he replied: “Yes.”
Mr Scullion then said: “He said he shouted for help, but he also shouted for Darryl.
“It was only when he realised he wasn’t turning up that he called for help,” and DS McCarron replied: “Yes.”
The court heard that although Cameron was not being treated as a suspect at the time, his partner’s home in Bridge of Weir was bugged by the police for a number of days.
Mr Scullion said: “Seven months after the last statement was taken from Mr Cameron and seven months after ending intrusive surveillance on his partner’s home, he was detained,” and the officer replied: “Yes.”
The jury heard that Cameron also told DS McCarron: “I didn’t manage to pitch the tent because I was burling with it – drink and Valium.
“Friday evening we were sitting on stools and having a right laugh.
“We were there for an hour before something happened.
“The next thing I remember is Darryl telling me to go and me scrambling up railings.
“It was like the atmosphere changed and I panicked.
“I saw Darryl in a fighting stance with his back to the water.
“I remember falling from a height into the water. I fell while scrambling to get away. I was in pain from my leg.
“The next thing I remember is waking up and it was daylight. I was frozen and in a lot of pain from my leg.
“I wondered where Darryl was and I thought he had gone to get help.
“The next couple of days was a real blur.
“I shouted for help, but nobody came. I remember Darryl’s phone ringing.
“I could hear it but I couldn’t find it. I did find it eventually, but I couldn’t get it to work. It was smashed.”
The jury has heard that Cameron suffered a broken femur and had to undergo an operation to repair a spiral fracture.
The trial before judge Lord Mulholland continues.