Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Woman tells court she saw man hitting a ‘body’ on ground with claw hammer in Moray incident

The scene of the incident on the A98 at Cullen.
The scene of the incident on the A98 at Cullen.

A driver has described the moment she saw a man hitting a “body” on the ground with a claw hammer.

Four men are on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh accused of attempted murder, assault to the endangerment of lives, breach of the peace and possessing knives.

Yesterday, Joan Stewart told a jury that as she was driving along the A98 Fochabers to Banff, near Cullen, on September 8, 2018 she joined a queue of traffic.

The 56-year-old said that after traffic started moving again, she saw three motorbikes which were parked in the “wrong direction” which she thought was “odd”.

She then said she saw “an arm with a hammer… a clawhammer”.

Mrs Stewart said that as she drove further along the road, she saw somebody lying on the ground.

She added: “I saw a body on the ground with somebody on top with a hammer beating the chap on the ground.”

Ian Ewing, 44, of Stonehaven, Patrick Noble, 52, of Aberdeen, Kyle Urquhart, 22, of Aberdeen and Ian Yeomans, 57, of Peterhead, are accused of attempting to murder three other men – Alistair Thompson, Colin Sutherland and John Sutherland.

They are further accused of assaulting Edward Forrest and Nicky Syratt.

Prosecutors also say the four men committed a breach of the peace by having their faces masked, brandishing weapons and behaving aggressively.

During her evidence yesterday, Mrs Stewart said that after seeing the “body” being struck with a hammer, the man who apparently carried out the attack went away.

Mrs Stewart said she then saw the man carrying an “adjustable wrench”.

She said that she drove further up the road she saw another person lying on the ground.

Mrs Stewart added: “I saw another body lying on the ground as well. He seemed to be unconscious and in a pretty bad state.”

Mrs Stewart also told the court that she could see the people in the alleged incident were wearing “biker gear”.

The four men have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial, before judge Lady Scott, continues.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]