Mur­der ac­cused

Court trial hears man re­spected de­ceased

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY STEVEN RAE

A DUNDEE man has claimed he was “dev­as­tated” to learn the man he is ac­cused of mur­der­ing had died as a re­sult of their knife fight.

Ar­ran Fen­der, 31, is stand­ing trial ac­cused of mur­der­ing 44-year-old Gary McMil­lan at the junc­tion of Law­ton Road and Law­ton Ter­race in the early hours of May 16 last year.

He de­nies the charge and has lodged a special de­fence of self-de­fence.

The pair had once been close friends but had fallen out months be­fore Mr McMil­lan’s death due to Fen­der hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship with Jes­sica Holt, 22, while also still see­ing Jill Hal­l­i­day, 31, the mother of his child, the trial heard.

Ju­rors were told Mr McMil­lan and Ms Holt had been drink­ing at the de­ceased’s flat on the day of his death when Fen­der ar­rived and started shout­ing up at the win­dow.

De­fend­ing, Don­ald Find­lay asked Fen­der: “You took the life of an­other man who was once your friend. What do you think about that?”

Fen­der replied: “I was dev­as­tated — there was no need for any of this. Every­body in­volved is suf­fer­ing.”

Ad­vo­cate de­pute Murdo McTag­gart re­ferred to What­sApp mes­sages ex­changed be­tween the pair on May 15, which had pre­vi­ously been shown to the jury.

In the mes­sages, Fen­der threat­ened to “kill” Mr McMil­lan and “put him in a box”. How­ever, Fen­der claimed these were “silly mes­sages” and didn’t mean any­thing.

Mr McTag­gart asked: “But you killed that same man the next day?”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.