Ac­cused’s part­ner ‘at­tacked by group’

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Strat­ton’s part­ner Lee Kin­ney gave ev­i­dence to the court via video link from an­other lo­ca­tion.

She told de­fence ad­vo­cate Ed­ward Tar­gowski QC how she had at­tended a get-to­gether ear­lier in the evening for friends and rel­a­tives of 18-year-old Ralph Smith, who died af­ter fall­ing from cliffs in Ar­broath that same month.

She told Mr Tar­gowski she was asked to leave the get-to­gether af­ter be­com­ing in­volved in an ar­gu­ment with some of the peo­ple there.

Ms Kin­ney said that af­ter leav­ing, a group of peo­ple at­tacked her.

She added: “The blows were com­ing at me from all di­rec­tions. It hap­pened so quickly. I was ly­ing on the ground in the foetal po­si­tion – blows were rain­ing down on me.

“There were an­gry fe­male voices.

“I was in a very bad state. My head was bust open. My fore­head was re­ally badly swollen and I was black and blue all over. My hair was con­gealed with blood.”

Ms Kin­ney told the court she man­aged to get back in­side her house, which is also in Drum­lan­rig Drive.

She climbed into her loft be­cause she thought she was at risk from the peo­ple out­side.

She added: “It felt like they were in the gar­den. It felt as if they were out­side the door. There were lots of shout­ing and swear­ing.

“I heard screams and shout­ing. I pan­icked. I ran up to the loft.

“I just brought up the loft lad­ders and I wanted the noise to stop. I wanted the po­lice to come. I was in a to­tally pan­icked state.

“I was want­ing the noise to stop and I was want­ing it to go away.”

Ms Kin­ney told the court that an am­bu­lance later took her to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal to treat her in­juries.

She added: “I got my head X-rayed. It felt like a long time.”

Pic­ture: Gareth Jen­nings.

The killings took place in Drum­lan­rig Drive, Dundee.

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