Man in court over mur­der al­le­ga­tion

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY DANNY MCKAY

A MAN has ap­peared in court charged with mur­der fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at an Aberdeen flat.

Bo­hdan Cies­lar, 59, ap­peared in pri­vate at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court. Cies­lar, whose gen­eral ad­dress was given as Aberdeen, faces a sin­gle charge – mur­der. He made no plea at the be­hind­closed-doors hear­ing on Monday and was re­manded in cus­tody. The case was con­tin­ued for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion. He is ex­pected to ap­pear again within the next week. It came af­ter po­lice were called to a flat at Don­side Court in Til­ly­drone shortly be­fore 2am on Thursday De­cem­ber 27 af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports of an in­jured man. The man, who has been named as 44-year-old Alek­sander Smerdel, of Poland, was taken to Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary, but doc­tors were un­able to save him. De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Gary Win­ter, of the Ma­jor In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team, said: “Mr Smerdel’s next of kin has been up­dated and our thoughts are with them. “We are con­tent that this has been a con­tained in­ci­dent, how­ever if any­one has in­for­ma­tion they be­lieve may as­sist the po­lice they are urged to con­tact of­fi­cers on 101 us­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 0334 of 27 De­cem­ber.” In the wake of the in­ci­dent neigh­bours told the Evening Ex­press of their shock. One said: “I ar­rived home from work at about 2.30am. There were about six po­lice vans out­side. “I had no idea what it was all about but it’s quite shock­ing to hear some­one has died.” An­other neigh­bour said: “It is a real shock. “My part­ner and I have had to call the po­lice when there’s been mu­sic blar­ing out from that floor at 2am – and even 6am some days – but noth­ing like this has hap­pened in the time I’ve lived here.”

A po­lice of­fi­cer out­side the scene of the al­leged mur­der at Don­side Court in Aberdeen’s Til­ly­drone

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