World’s End murder trial adjourned for 24 hours

Christine Eadie and Helen Scott
Christine Eadie and Helen Scott
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THE WORLD’S END murder trial was adjourned for 24 hours yesterday to allow consideration of a 47-page forensic report lodged late on Monday by the defence.

Lord Matthews, who is presiding over the trial of Angus Sinclair, 69, at Livingston High Court, told jurors the adjournment was necessary to allow all parties to digest the new report.

Sinclair denies acting with his late brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton and raping, battering and murdering Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, both 17.

The girls were last seen leaving the World’s End pub in Edinburgh’s High Street on the night of 15 October 1977, and their bodies were found four miles apart in East Lothian next day.

Sinclair has lodged three special defences: incriminating Hamilton for the murders; claiming consent to any sexual activity; and alibi claiming he was fishing at the time of the murders.

The trial continues