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Murder accused tells court of plan to ‘rough up’ Steven Donaldson

Kinnordy nature Reserve Murder.....police attend two locations....17 Hill Rise in Kirriemuir and Egnanoss Road behind Westmuir....various locations..

Pic shows police roadblock at Egnanoss Road behind Westmuir..pic :Paul Reid
Kinnordy nature Reserve Murder.....police attend two locations....17 Hill Rise in Kirriemuir and Egnanoss Road behind Westmuir....various locations.. Pic shows police roadblock at Egnanoss Road behind Westmuir..pic :Paul Reid

Murder accused Steven Dickie has told a High Court jury how he saw his teenage lover Tasmin Glass speed off in her car from an Angus playpark as his best friend Callum Davidson “dived” through the window of Steven Donaldson’s BMW.

Dickie took to the stand at the High Court in Edinburgh for the first time yesterday to give his version of events on the night the trio are alleged to have killed the oil worker.

He said a plan had been hatched between Glass and Davidson to give Mr Donaldson, 27, a “roughing up” for “hassling” his ex-girlfriend over insurance money for a written-off car.

Steven Donaldson

It followed the conclusion of the Crown case against the trio, who are all from Kirriemuir, on the 14th day of the trial.

Tyre fitter Dickie, 24, denied knowing anything about Mr Donaldson prior to the night of June 6, taking part in the events he witnessed at the Peter Pan playpark.

Dickie, Davidson and Glass all deny murdering Mr Donaldson on June 6 or 7 last year.

Closing the prosecution case, Ashley Edwards QC deleted an allegation that they had incapacitated Mr Donaldson at the playpark before taking him to Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve.

A charge that Dickie and Davidson had put a kitten in a bag and punched and kicked it was also withdrawn by the Crown.

Questioned by his counsel, Ian Duguid QC, Dickie said he had been in a sexual relationship with Glass, who was aged 19 at the time, for a few weeks prior to June last year, but it was not “full on”.

“Callum had mentioned that this boy was giving her hassle over money,” Dickie told the trial. He added: “Tasmin was to meet him.”

The accused said he was “not bothered” about the planned encounter, but told the court: “Callum was going up to give him a bit of a roughing up.”

Asked about the night in question, he said he and Davidson had walked up to Kirrie Hill. Dickie said he saw Glass’s Vauxhall Corsa and Donaldson’s BMW side by side.

“We received a phone call from Tasmin saying to hurry up. I answered the phone and put Callum on but by that point we were only metres away, you could hear the shouting,” he told the trial.

Dickie said he did not get his phone back until 1am the next morning.

Davidson started running towards the BMW and “lunged” in the driver’s window, he told the trial.

“As he dived in the window Tasmin just took off, she left.”

Dickie said he was “left standing”, but did not see who was driving the car, and he then walked to Davidson’s house.

Mr Duguid asked if Davidson had discussed what had happened at Kinnordy and Dickie said his friend had told him he “had sorted the boy out and stuff like that, just that he had given the boy a hiding”.

“Did you think the boy was dead?” asked the QC.

“No, not at all,” replied Dickie.

The trial continues.


THE CHARGES

The charge faced by the accused Steven Dickie, Callum Davidson and Tasmin Glass alleges that between June 6 and 7 2018 at the Peter Pan playpark, Kirriemuir and Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve car park, they assaulted Mr Donaldson and arranged to meet him with the intention of assaulting him, and once there repeatedly struck him on the head and body with unknown instruments, and thereafter took him to Loch of Kinnordy where they repeatedly struck him on the head and body with a knife and baseball bat or similar instruments, repeatedly struck him on the head and neck with an unknown heavy bladed instrument and set fire to him and his motor vehicle, registered S73 VED, and murdered him.

Dickie and Davidson face four other charges including one of behaving in a threatening manner towards two men between January 2014 and June 2018 by making threats, following them on foot and in a motor vehicle, presenting weapons and acting in a threatening manner.

They are also charged with behaving in a threatening manner towards a man in St Malcolm’s Wynd, Kirriemuir, and elsewhere between December 1 2017 and February 28 2018 by following him on foot and in a vehicle, and threatening him with weapons.
Both also deny following and staring at a woman and kicking her car in Kirriemuir between August 1 2017 and April 31 2018.

Davidson faces a further charge of assaulting a man between June 1 2017 and December 31 2017 at a house in Glengate, Kirriemuir, by pushing him to the floor and threatening to punch him.

Dickie is also accused of assaulting a woman at the Ogilvy Arms pub in Kirriemuir between February 1 and 28 last year by seizing her by the wrist and neck and threatening her with violence.

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