Mur­der trial: Wit­ness tells court of friend bleed­ing with ar­row in chest.

COURT: Record­ing played of wit­ness fran­ti­cally try­ing to ex­plain events as they un­folded

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAKE KEITH [email protected]­

A wit­ness in a Dundee mur­der case screamed her friend was “bleed­ing out” in the street with “an ar­row in his chest” in a des­per­ate 999 call to po­lice.

The record­ing was played yes­ter­day at the High Court in Glas­gow on the se­cond day of the trial of Charles Lit­tle, who is ac­cused of killing Gor­don Did­uca.

The 32-year-old, of Dun­don­ald Court, de­nies fir­ing a bow and ar­row at Mr Did­uca and oth­ers on a stair­well in Dun­don­ald Court in the early hours of Septem­ber 25, be­fore strik­ing Mr Did­uca with a knife and killing him.

Mona Elbakoush, who lived op­po­site Lit­tle in the same close at Dun­don­ald Court, could be heard in the 999 record­ing, fran­ti­cally try­ing to ex­plain events as they un­folded.

While the sergeant on the phone tried to keep her calm, she was heard scream­ing and cry­ing.

She said in the record­ing: “Gor­don has been hit in the chest with an ar­row. He’s ly­ing in the street and he’s bleed­ing out.

“He has an ar­row in his chest.” She added that Ja­son Sin­clair, an­other friend, had been “stabbed in the arm”.

The court was told sev­eral of her friends had been drink­ing, tak­ing co­caine and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic at her flat when she heard “thump­ing at the door”.

She ini­tially be­lieved the thud was some­one com­plain­ing about the noise but when she opened the door, she saw Lit­tle “stand­ing with a bow” in the close out­side her front door.

She said a con­fronta­tion en­sued be­tween Lit­tle and her group.

Mr Did­uca died from stab wounds in hos­pi­tal later.

When it was put to her by de­fence agent Mark Ste­wart that she had not seen what hap­pened and that her ac­count to po­lice on the call might be in­ac­cu­rate, she said: “Pos­si­bly.”

The court heard that in her ini­tial po­lice state­ment, Ms Elbakoush said she heard Mr Did­uca shout “I’m go­ing to mur­der you” at Lit­tle and an­other friend Colin Hughes scream “we will get you”.

Some of the friends had also been in­volved in a fight with an­other group in the street that af­ter­noon which po­lice had to break up.

He’s ly­ing in the street and he’s bleed­ing out. MONA ELBAKOUSH

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, the court was told the word “sorry” was writ­ten in blood on the liv­ing room wall of Lit­tle’s flat fol­low­ing the al­leged mur­der.

The first day of the trial on Mon­day heard Lit­tle be­lieved he had been se­cretly recorded in the shower and be­came “para­noid” after tak­ing speed the night be­fore the al­leged at­tack.

Lit­tle faces a to­tal of five charges in­clud­ing mur­der, as­sault, threat­en­ing or abu­sive be­haviour and as­sault to in­jury, per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment and im­pair­ment, as well as pos­ses­sion of a class B con­trolled sub­stance.

The trial, presided over by Lord Matthews, con­tin­ues to­day.

Pic­ture: Steven Brown.

Ark­lay Street at the junc­tion of Dun­don­ald Street and Fair­bairn Street, in Dundee, was locked down by po­lice and foren­sic teams after the in­ci­dent.

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