Man appears in court over Dumbryden murder probe

A man has appeared in court accused of murdering a male in Dumbryden by repeatedly striking him on the body with a knife.

David Geddes, 41, allegedly killed Jaymie Hall following a May 2017 incident at Dumbryden Gardens.

The Crown claims 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 bin.

Prosecutors claim Mr Geddes did “instruct and compel” two men called John Rorison and Jack Geddes to provide police officers investigating Mr Hall’s death with an “inaccurate and untruthful version of events”.

Mr Geddes is also accused of inducing Jack Geddes to “flee” from Dumbryden Gardens.

The Crown claims the accused did this with “intent to conceal or destroy evidence” and to “avoid detection, arrest and prosecution”.

Mr Geddes, a prisoner of HMP Edinburgh, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The trial, before judge Lord Uist, continues.

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