Mur­der ac­cused not a man of vi­o­lence, says lawyer

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A lawyer told a mur­der trial yes­ter­day that her client was not a man of vi­o­lence.

John Hen­der­son, 47, Gary Martin, 37, Joseph Martin, 40, Thomas Martin, 45, David Graham, 46, James Con­nor, 52, and Dean Leech, 25, are all ac­cused of mur­der­ing Gary Clam­pett.

It is alleged they hit the 39-year-old with knives, a ma­chete, a sword, a stick, bats and golf clubs at Fernie Place in Fraser­burgh at about 4am on June 18.

The men all deny the charge and are on trial at the High Court in Glas­gow.

Hen­der­son has ad­mit­ted stab­bing Mr Clam­pett with a knife he brought with him to Fernie Place.

Yes­ter­day de­fence coun­sel Frances Con­nor told the jury that her client Thomas Martin was not a man of vi­o­lence.

Miss Con­nor told the jury that Martin, who lives in Peter­head, did not head out that night with a plan to kill or harm Mr Clam­pett.

She added: “Mr Martin has no con­vic­tion for any sort of vi­o­lence. He works as the man­ager of a fac­tory. He has a son at univer­sity. Is that the type of man who would agree to a plan for vi­o­lence?”

The de­fence coun­sel said that Martin ac­cepted he was there and was wav­ing a chain. But she added: “There is no ev­i­dence from any wit­nesses that he as­saulted Gary Clam­pett or in­deed any­one with it.”

Ear­lier She­lagh McCall had urged ju­rors to ac­quit her client Joseph Martin.

The trial con­tin­ues.

Po­lice at Fernie Place in Fraser­burgh

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