Court told of mur­der ac­cused’s phonecall

‘I’ve stabbed some­body,’ Robert Strat­ton told case wit­ness

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A man ac­cused of a Dundee dou­ble mur­der phoned his part­ner’s fa­ther and told him: “I’ve stabbed some­body”, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Re­tired Nor­man Kin­ney said he took the call from Robert Strat­ton in the early hours of Fe­bru­ary 26 af­ter trou­ble broke out at a house in the city’s Drum­lan­rig Drive dur­ing a vigil for Ralph Smith, who had fallen from cliffs at Ar­broath.

Mr Kin­ney’s daugh­ter Lee also told the High Court in Ed­in­burgh how she hid in a loft to pro­tect her­self af­ter she claims she was at­tacked by a group of peo­ple as she was leav­ing the get-to­gether.

Strat­ton has ad­mit­ted stab­bing Julie McCash and David Sor­rie but de­nies mur­der and has lodged spe­cial de­fences of in­crim­i­na­tion and self-de­fence.

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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