Court trial hears man respected deceased
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?”