he good friend of a T2 Trainspotting actor killed in a taking pictures incident pleaded for police to not attend his dwelling after being attacked with an “old style” sword, a court docket has been instructed.
Bradley Welsh 48, who appeared within the 2017 movie, died after a taking pictures at a flat within the west finish of Edinburgh on April 17 2019 – one month after the alleged assault on his good friend David McMillan.
Sean Orman, 30, appeared by video hyperlink on the Excessive Courtroom in Edinburgh on Wednesday and pleaded not responsible to all 15 expenses in opposition to him, together with homicide, tried homicide and firearms and medicines offences.
He’s alleged to have used a loaded shotgun to kill Mr Welsh in Chester Avenue.
Defence counsel Ian Duguid QC lodged a particular defence for expenses referring to the dying, which is that Orman was biking close to Kirknewton, West Lothian on the time of the incident.
Orman can also be charged with tried homicide referring to an incident on March 13 2019.
He’s accused of assaulting Mr McMillan in Pitcairn Grove, Edinburgh, and allegedly did “repeatedly strike him to the top and physique with a machete or comparable instrument to his extreme damage, everlasting impairment and to the hazard of his life”.
Emma McMillan, his spouse, instructed the court docket she had seen three masked males pull up at her dwelling in a black Audi and her husband approached the entrance door.
It was heard he then fell again into the hallway and one in every of them started to assault the 50-year-old on the ground.
She mentioned: “The door was open and there have been now three males standing in my kitchen with knives and balaclavas.
“I began to shout and scream – one in every of them leaned over my husband and began to hit him with a knife.
“It wasn’t a stabbing motion, it was extra like he was hacking at him.
“To me, it regarded like an old style sword.”
The 46-year-old cafe proprietor mentioned her son – additionally named David – got here down the steps with a plastic bat, described as a chunk of Strolling Useless memorabilia, to confront the attacker.
It was heard the 25-year-old managed to “stun” the attacker and the three males then fled.
The court docket was instructed two cellphone calls have been made to emergency companies, and through one a male voice within the background may very well be heard saying “no police, no police” – which Mrs McMillan mentioned will need to have been her husband.
He had visited his good friend, often known as Mark, at Saughton Jail earlier that day, jurors heard.
Mr Duguid lodged a particular defence that Orman was not concerned in any offences dedicated in opposition to Mr McMillan and his son and claims they have been carried out by another person.
The lawyer requested Mrs McMillan why police statements given on the time of the assault contradicted proof given within the courtroom, such because the variety of individuals she had seen through the incident.
She mentioned: “I used to be affected by shock and nothing extra and never even learn it correctly.
“My husband was in hospital on the time.”
It was heard there was nothing “distinctive” concerning the attacker.
Orman can also be accused of driving at speeds as much as 123mph on the Edinburgh bypass on April 22 2019 – the place the restrict is 70mph – and failing to cease for uniformed law enforcement officials.
He faces an accusation of getting pushed on the opposing aspect of the carriageway of Clovenstone Highway “in extra of 92mph”, the place the restrict is 30mph.
One other cost alleges he drove with out insurance coverage and was in possession of the category A drug diamorphine and sophistication C drug diazepam.
The trial, earlier than choose Lord Beckett, continues on Thursday and is predicted to final round 4 weeks.