Man in court over murder allegation
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