Neighbour: door of Norrie Rowan ex was ‘kicked in’

Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Chambers Street

Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Chambers Street

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A NEIGHBOUR of former Scotlan rugby star Norrie Rowan’s ex-partner has told a court he found the door to her flat ‘kicked in’ after hearing a woman cry for help.

Twenty-five year old Shawn Halliday was giving evidence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in the trial of former Scotland rugby international forward, Norrie Rowan, who has denied assaulting 39-year old Hannah Jonathon in her flat in Spottiswoode Street in the city on June 16, 2012 and robbing her of a laptop and other items. He also pleads not guilty to refusing to provide the police with a DNA sample.

The court had heard previously that 63-year old Rowan and Ms Jonathon had fallen out during a holiday in Ibeza and at Glasgow Airport. She claimed that after making her own way home, the businessman forced his way into her house and attacked her.

Mr Halliday said he was in the common stair of the block of flats around one in the morning when he heard the cry. He found that the door of Ms Jonathon’s flat “had been kicked in”.

“You could tell it had been forced open” he said. “It was still hanging on its hinges”.

Ms Jonathon, he said, was standing in the hallway, dressed in her underwear. “I stopped in the doorway and asked what the problem was. She was distressed, crying, frustrated and scared”.

Fiscal Depute, Pauline Shade, asked if there was any signs of injuries.

“I could see no visible injuries” he replied. He added: “She asked me to call the police. She said she had just been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend”.

Mr Halliday said he did not have a phone with him and had gone downstairs when he heard police sirens. He then went back to Ms Jonathon’s flat and told her the police were on their way.

Solicitor Advocate, Iain Paterson, appearing for Rowan, asked Mr Halliday if he remembered telling the police that when he first went to Ms Jonathon’s flat she was sitting on a chair in the hallway with a phone in her hand.

“I’m sorry,“ he said. “I don’t remember how she was sitting. At the time I was more worried about Hannah than where she was sitting”.

Another neighbour, 64-year old Gordon Turnbull, said his wife had woken him up because of “loud voices”.

He said the voices were those of a man and a woman and he recognised the woman’s voice as that of Ms Jonathon. Mr Turnbull said he got out of bed and went to look out the spy hole in his door.

“I heard the male saying ‘I’ll be back tomorrow for my stuff”.

It was obvious there had been an argument, he added. Asked if he had seen the male, he replied: “It was just a shadow”.

The trial has been adjourned until March 25.