Spouse of Renee MacRae accused advised police: ‘I by no means stabbed her’, courtroom advised

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Spouse of Renee MacRae accused advised police: ‘I by no means stabbed her’, courtroom advised


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he spouse of a person accused of murdering his three-year-old-son and the boy’s mom requested police why she was being questioned, as she “by no means stabbed her or no matter occurred to her”, a courtroom has heard.

Nevertheless, Rosemary MacDowell, 80, insisted her comment was made on the “spur of the second” and that there was “nothing meant by it”.

The witness was giving proof within the case in opposition to her husband, William MacDowell, 80, of Penrith, Cumbria, who’s accused of murdering his son, three-year-old Andrew MacRae, and the kid’s 36-year-old mom, Renee MacRae, in November 1976.

Mrs MacDowell gave proof on the Excessive Courtroom in Inverness for greater than an hour on Tuesday, telling the jury that the couple and their two daughters stored horses at their dwelling in Nairnside, close to Inverness, and on the night of November 12 1976 the animals escaped.

I do not know what you are getting on at me for. I by no means stabbed her or no matter occurred to her.

She advised jurors the horses should have bought out of their paddock when her husband arrived dwelling and left the gates open, “each time he was going to unload no matter he had at the back of his automobile”.

The witness advised the courtroom she first thought it was wooden he was unloading, however added that it was bins of nails.

Mrs MacDowell has given a number of statements to police since Mrs MacRae vanished, the courtroom was advised, together with one the prosecution advised the jury was taken on the tenth anniversary of the disappearance of the mom and son.

She advised detectives: “I don’t know what you’re getting on at me for. I by no means stabbed her or no matter occurred to her.”

Mrs MacDowell stated she made the remark to police on the “spur of the second”.

Advocate depute Alex Prentice KC requested her: “Spur of the second? That is an inquiry, an enormous inquiry, into the disappearance of Renee MacRae and Andrew MacRae.”

Mrs MacDowell advised the courtroom it was “only a remark” she made, and there was “nothing meant by it”.

Mr Prentice requested if she knew Mrs MacRae had been stabbed, and Mrs MacDowell advised the courtroom she didn’t know.

“It simply got here out as one does when one will get aggravated,” she stated.

The courtroom additionally heard how she advised her husband to depart a police interview in Inverness in December 1976, the place she requested a police cadet to speak to MacDowell and that her husband ought to go.

MacDowell, 80, is charged with assaulting Mrs MacRae and Andrew on the Dalmagarry layby on the A9 trunk street south of Inverness, or elsewhere, by means unknown, and in consequence murdering them.

He’s additionally charged with disposing of their our bodies and belongings by means unknown.

MacDowell denies all prices and has lodged a particular defence of incrimination and alibi, a part of which asserts that he arrived at dwelling at about 8.15pm on November 12 1976 the place he stayed till the next morning.

Throughout her questioning, Mrs MacDowell was requested in the event that they stored protecting clothes MacDowell bought from job websites. She advised the courtroom they’d have had protecting clothes on the property as a result of they stored horses.

The courtroom heard the household had been meant to be going out for dinner that night, however their plans had been cancelled. She then made dinner for herself and the kids, the courtroom was advised, after which the 2 ladies watched tv.

Mrs MacDowell will proceed to provide proof to the trial on Wednesday.

Earlier within the day, the Excessive Courtroom heard from Martin Shand, who was finding out on the Dundee Faculty of Expertise on the time of the mom and son’s disappearance.

He advised the jury that on the night of November 12 1976 he was being pushed dwelling by a good friend and one other scholar after they travelled previous the Dalmagarry layby on the A9 close to Inverness, the place the burnt-out BMW automobile owned by the lacking girl was found.

The 65-year-old stated the layby “had a sure repute for courting {couples}”, and that night he was being pushed alongside it between 7.30pm and 8pm.

The retired engineer advised the courtroom: “We handed the layby at a really low velocity as a result of the floor of the street being fairly badly disturbed due to the roadworks. Most likely at strolling velocity.”

Mr Shand stated there have been two autos within the layby. “The primary was a pale-colour BMW. The second was a Volvo,” he stated.

The courtroom has beforehand heard MacDowell was issued with a Volvo as his firm automobile.

Mr Shand added he noticed “two individuals with their backs to the principle street”. He advised the jury: “It’s guesswork, however I’d say from the construct it was two male individuals.”

After they handed, Mr Prentice was advised, Mr Shand spoke with these within the automobile with him about their encounter and stated they believed it was “some form of social encounter”.

Ninety-year-old Nan MacDougall advised the courtroom she was travelling again from Edinburgh to her dwelling in Inverness she noticed somebody on the facet of the street.

“It was a really, very dangerous night time. Water was washing throughout the street even to the extent of washing gravel throughout the street. An atrocious night time, actually,” she advised the courtroom.

“It was a sluggish journey and someplace up within the Highlands I observed any individual strolling in the direction of me,” she stated, and added that the particular person gave the impression to be pushing a pushchair about half-hour’ drive outdoors Inverness.

“I assumed it was very uncommon for any individual to be out in such terrible circumstances with a toddler,” the courtroom was advised.

The trial, earlier than Lord Armstrong, continues.


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