Woman, 19, ac­cused of mur­der is granted bail

Trial date is set for next April af­ter trio ap­pear at Glas­gow hear­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - GRA­HAM BROWN gbrown@the­courier.co.uk

A fe­male teenager ac­cused of mur­der­ing An­gus oil worker Steven Don­ald­son has been granted bail by a High Court judge.

Tas­min Glass, 19, ap­peared in open court for the first time along­side co-ac­cused Callum David­son and Steven Dickie at the High Court in Glas­gow for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing in the case which fol­lows the dis­cov­ery of the 27-year-old Arbroath man’s body at an An­gus beauty spot in June.

All three, from Kir­riemuir, are charged with ar­rang­ing to meet Mr Don­ald­son at the town’s Peter Pan play­park be­tween June 6 and 7 with the in­ten­tion of at­tack­ing him, be­fore re­peat­edly strik­ing him on the head with un­known in­stru­ments.

The in­dict­ment fur­ther al­leges that af­ter be­ing in­ca­pac­i­tated, Mr Don­ald­son was then taken to Loch of Kin­nordy na­ture re­serve, where the three ac­cused are al­leged to have re­peat­edly struck him on the head and body with a base­ball bat and knife, set­ting him and his ve­hi­cle on fire, and mur­der­ing him.

Fol­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion by her de­fence coun­sel, Mark Ste­wart QC, Lord Burns granted Glass bail on the spe­cial con­di­tion that she does not re­side in or en­ter the county of An­gus.

No ap­pli­ca­tion for bail was made on be­half of ei­ther David­son or Dickie by their re­spec­tive le­gal coun­sel.

Dickie and David­son, both 23, each face a num­ber of other charges re­lat­ing to al­leged of­fences in An­gus, Perthshire and Fife dat­ing as far back as 2014.

They in­clude be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner to a num­ber of peo­ple in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Kir­riemuir, Alyth and Brechin be­tween Jan­uary 2014 and June 2018, and be­tween De­cem­ber 2017 and Fe­bru­ary this year.

Both men are also charged with putting a kit­ten in a bag on Lo­chore Main Street be­tween Fe­bru­ary and May last year be­fore swing­ing the bag about and punch­ing and kick­ing the an­i­mal.

Trial has been set for the High Court in Ed­in­burgh on April 1 next year and is sched­uled to last around three weeks.

The Glas­gow hear­ing heard that tele­phone re­ports and cell-site anal­y­sis are still be­ing pre­pared for the case.

The dis­cov­ery of Mr Don­ald­son’s body in the early hours of June 7 at the RSPB na­ture re­serve on the out­skirts of Kir­riemuir led to a two-week cor­don be­ing thrown up around the area.

A no-fly zone was also in­tro­duced above the pop­u­lar re­serve, just west of the An­gus town, as part of the ma­jor po­lice in­quiry.

Mr Don­ald­son’s death shocked his home com­mu­nity of Arbroath and he was laid to rest on what would have been his 28th birth­day.

At his fu­neral ser­vice, he was de­scribed as a bright, hard-work­ing, funny, am­bi­tious and very tal­ented young man.

The car and mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­ast’s off­shore ca­reer had taken him to lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Azer­bai­jan, Rus­sia, Africa and Congo.

Steven Don­ald­son’s death shocked his home com­mu­nity of Arbroath.

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