Pen­sioner tells of phone call ad­mit­ting stab­bing

COURT: Wit­ness rushed to Dundee house to find ‘two peo­ple ly­ing dead’, trial hears

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - James mulholland

A Dundee pen­sioner has told how a man ac­cused of a dou­ble mur­der in the city phoned him early in the morn­ing to say that he had stabbed some­body.

Nor­man Kin­ney, 68, told a jury yes­ter­day how Robert Strat­ton called and made the ad­mis­sion to him at 6.10am on Fe­bru­ary 26.

The High Court in Ed­in­burgh heard Mr Kin­ney re­ceived the call as he got ready to take his grand­chil­dren on a day trip.

When pros­e­cu­tion lawyer Alex Pren­tice QC asked Mr Kin­ney what Strat­ton said, the re­tired HGV driver replied: “He said ‘there’s been trou­ble, get down to my house now.

“He said ‘I’ve stabbed some­body’.” Mr Kin­ney, of Dundee, was giv­ing ev­i­dence on the sec­ond day of pro­ceed­ings against 43- year- old Strat­ton, from Dundee.

Strat­ton ad­mits stab­bing his vic­tims but de­nies mur­der, at a house on Drum­lan­rig Drive on Fe­bru­ary 26.

He has lodged spe­cial de­fences of in­crim­i­na­tion and self-de­fence.

Mr Kin­ney, who gave his ev­i­dence by video link from another lo­ca­tion, is the fa­ther of Mr Strat­ton’s part­ner, Lee.

He said he was very con­cerned to re­ceive the call and was wor­ried about what had hap­pened to his daugh­ter.

Mr Kin­ney said Strat­ton told him Lee was in their house in Drum­lan­rig Drive while he was at another lo­ca­tion five min­utes away from the prop­erty.

Mr Kin­ney told Mr Pren­tice: “My main con­cern was my daugh­ter so I drove to the house.

“By the time I ar­rived, there were armed po­lice sur­round­ing the house and there were two peo­ple on the ground.

“I was scared. I thought my daugh­ter was ly­ing dead in the house.

“I saw two peo­ple ly­ing there dead.” Mr Kin­ney left to pick up Strat­ton, who asked to be taken to Glas­gow but he dropped him else­where in Dundee.

When Mr Pren­tice asked him if Mr Strat­ton had said any­thing dur­ing the short jour­ney, Mr Kin­ney added: “He said he had stabbed some­body.

“I said to him ‘What the f*** did you do that for when you’ve got two good hands. Why did you use a blade?’

“So he started to cry and I gave him two roll-ups.”

Mr Pren­tice asked him if Strat­ton had said any­thing else.

Mr Kin­ney replied: “He said he stabbed two peo­ple.”

Strat­ton is ac­cused of mur­der­ing Julie McCash, 43, and David Sor­rie, 32, by strik­ing them on the body with a knife.

Pros­e­cu­tors also say he as­saulted Wendy McKin­ney and that he ran to­wards her while bran­dish­ing two knives and at­tempted to strike her with the knives.

Fur­ther charges al­lege he as­saulted Lee Kin­ney by seiz­ing her by the throat and throw­ing her to the ground and that he pos­sessed co­caine.

He pleads not guilty to all charges and the trial, be­fore judge Lord Beck­ett, con­tin­ues.

Julie McCash and David Sor­rie were stabbed to death at a house in Dundee ear­lier this year.

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