The daughter of a man who died in a flat fire yesterday told a jury the man accused of murdering him threatened her on a bus.
Sharon Graham told the High Court in Glasgow that murder accused Barry Henderson had said to her: “You’ll end up the same as your dad”.
Henderson, 42, is on trial accused of murdering Gordon Graham and attempting to murder Anne Graham by setting fire to a flat on High Street, Fraserburgh on May 3, 1998.
Yesterday, the court heard Ms Graham bumped into Henderson on a bus from Peterhead to Fraserburgh last November, not long after he was charged with murdering her father.
Ms Graham and her late husband Gary Clampett exchanged words with Henderson, and he threatened her, she said.
But the court heard a recording taped by Henderson on his mobile phone during the journey and it did not include the threat Ms Graham claimed he made.
She told the jury: “I can’t understand that.”
Asked by advocate depute Jim Keegan what she thought he would do when she got on the bus, she replied: “Under the circumstances a normal human being would maybe stand up and go to the top of the bus – move away.”
She told the jury that she said to Henderson: “How dare you look me in the eyes knowing you murdered my dad.”
She then moved away with her baby, who was in a pram, to the back of the bus and was “hysterical”, she said.
Defence counsel Brian McConnachie suggested it was Henderson who had actually been threatened by Ms Graham’s husband Gary Clampett and Joseph Martin. He also suggested Mr Clampett had assaulted him.
The court heard Mr Clampett – who had a previous conviction for a serious assault – died earlier this year following a disturbance in Fraserburgh, and that Martin is currently on remand accused of his murder.
Martin, 39, from Fraserburgh, then took to the witness stand. He was asked if Henderson had done anything during the bus trip, to which he replied: “He was sitting on the bus minding his own business.”
He told the jury Mr Clampett had told Henderson “you’re a murderer”, and that he had replied “no I’m not, I didn’t start the fire”. The advocate depute asked Martin if Henderson had threatened Ms Graham, to which he replied “No”.
Henderson is also accused of assaulting a woman in a nightclub in Fraserburgh, by kicking her on the leg and attempting to punch her, and of committing a breach of the peace at a nearby car park on May 3, 1998.
He also faces another charge that he behaved in a threatening manner on a bus between Crimond and Fraserburgh last November.
Henderson denies all the charges against him and has lodged special defences of alibi and incrimination.
The trial, before Lord Ericht, continues.