Murder trial: Body found in blood-soaked room

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THE body of a man was found lying in a blood-soaked bedroom, a murder trial heard today.

Lee Duncan, 31, who lived in the flat in Tollcross, was attacked with a claw hammer, it is alleged.

Mark Heron, 48, a senior examinations supervisor with Police Scotland, described what he found when he and colleagues went to the address more than two years ago.

Advocate depute Andrew Stewart QC told jurors at the High Court in Edinburgh that pictures taken by a police photographer were “distressing”.

Mr Heron said there was no sign of forced entry and none of the other rooms in the one-bedroom flat showed any sign of disturbance.

“Within the bedroom on the floor there was a deceased male,” he said. “There were obvious bleeding injuries to the deceased’s head.”

Mr Heron added: “There was a large pool of blood on the carpet.”

Other photos showed blood on a wall and a clump of bloodied hair on the pillow.

In the dock is Gary Parker, 45, now of Guardwell Glen, Gilmerton, who denies murdering Mr Duncan – also known as Lee Canning – on February 24 2011.

It is alleged that Parker attacked Mr Duncan with a claw hammer – repeatedly hitting him on the head and body and compressing his neck with a belt or cable, standing on his neck to strangle him.

The murder charge also alleges that Parker robbed Mr Duncan of drugs.

Parker says he has an alibi, claiming he was in his own flat in Lauriston Place at the time. He has also lodged papers in court blaming two other men.

Parker also denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by washing blood from himself and disposing of clothing and the hammer in order to destroy evidence.

He further denies threatening and swearing at Mr Duncan a month or so before the alleged murder and sending him menacing phone messages threatening to kill him and abusive behaviour in Mr Duncan’s flat which alarmed another woman there.

Parker also faces a number of drug charges, which he denies.

The trial before Lord Uist is expected to last about three weeks.