Man acquitted of killing childhood friend in Dumbryden

A man accused of killing his childhood friend by repeatedly stabbing him with a knife has been acquitted of murder.

David Geddes, 41, was alleged to have killed Jaymie Hall following an incident on Dumbryden Gardens in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, in May 2017.

On Monday, jurors at the High Court returned not proven verdicts to charges of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Mr Geddes, a prisoner in HMP Saughton, claimed another man called John Rorison stabbed Mr Hall.

Mr Geddes said Mr Rorison, who passed away late last year, attacked Mr Hall after the pair became involved in a confrontation.

He said that Mr Rorison had been beaten up by Mr Hall in the weeks before the fatal stabbing.

Prosecutors claimed that on May 27, 2017, Mr Geddes murdered Mr Hall by stabbing him repeatedly with a knife.

The Crown also claimed that on the same date and at the same location, Mr Geddes attempted to defeat the ends of justice by concealing the knife used in the alleged murder in a nearby bin.

The prosecution also claimed that Mr Geddes also instructed his son Jack and Mr Rorison to provide officers investigating Mr Hall’s death with an “inaccurate and untruthful” account of what happened.

However, Mr Geddes’s legal team lodged a special defence of incrimination in which they stated that Mr Rorison was the man who committed the murder.

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