Mur­der ac­cused wanted to help cops catch killer

Po­lice told he wanted to find out what hap­pened

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Wilma Reilly

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.

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