Man faces trial ac­cused of mur­der­ing his sis­ter

COURT: Sib­ling of An­nalise John­stone in court with 28-year-old woman

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - GRANT MCCABE

A man is to stand trial next year, along with a woman, charged with mur­der­ing his sis­ter at a no­to­ri­ous witch’s mon­u­ment in Perthshire.

Jor­dan John­stone, 24, and An­gela Newlands, 28, ap­peared for a hear­ing at the High Court in Glas­gow yesterday.

They are both ac­cused of mur­der­ing An­nalise John­stone at the Mag­gie Wall Me­mo­rial near Dun­ning in May this year.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege 22-year-old An­nalise was re­peat­edly struck on the neck with a knife or sim­i­lar item.

John­stone and Newlands also face a charge of at­tempt­ing to de­feat the ends of jus­tice.

It is claimed An­nalise’s body was moved in a Ford Galaxy car and left near a stone dyke at the side of the B8062 road be­tween Dun­ning and Auchter­arder.

The pair are fur­ther al­leged to have made a false re­port that An­nalise – who also went by the name McDon­ald – was miss­ing.

Jor­dan John­stone faces an­other charge of as­sault­ing his sis­ter in Beith, Ayr­shire, two days be­fore the al­leged killing.

He is fur­ther ac­cused of at­tack­ing an­other woman in Coat­bridge, La­nark­shire, on May 6 this year.

John­stone’s QC Keith Ste­wart and Brian Mc­Connachie QC, who is de­fend­ing Newlands, both pled not guilty on their be­half.

Lord Burns set a trial due to be­gin next April in Liv­ingston.

The case could last for up to 15 days. An­nalise’s body was found in a wooded area by a mem­ber of the pub­lic on May 10.

The back road be­tween Auchter­arder and Dun­ning was closed for more than two weeks while po­lice of­fi­cers car­ried out in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The Mag­gie Wall me­mo­rial, which was sup­pos­edly erected in mem­ory of a woman burned as a witch at the site in 1657, was sealed off with black tar­pau­lin laid on the ground.

The mon­u­ment achieved no­to­ri­ety when it was vis­ited by Moors Mur­der­ers Ian Brady and Myra Hind­ley dur­ing their killing spree in the 1960s.

An­nalise’s dad said his “heart has been ripped out” by his daugh­ter’s death.

Gor­don John­stone, 43, of Fauld­house, West Loth­ian, split from An­nalise’s mum Kath­leen, who died aged 34 af­ter a heroin over­dose in 2006.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege An­nalise was killed at the Mag­gie Wall Me­mo­rial near Dun­ning with a knife or sim­i­lar weapon.

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