Murder trial told neighbour heard OAP squealing

Police search the area around Mayfield Drive following the death of Robert Simpson. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Police search the area around Mayfield Drive following the death of Robert Simpson. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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THE neighbour of a murdered pensioner made a 999 call about an “old man squealing” inside the victim’s home the night before his body was found, a court has heard.

Allan Wilson’s emergency call was played to a jury yesterday when he described hearing the sounds of an argument and a “wardrobe being dropped”.

Robert Simpson. Picture: contributed

Robert Simpson. Picture: contributed

The 25-year-old was giving evidence the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday in the trial of Keiryn Nisbet, who is accused of murdering 67-year-old Robert Simpson.

Mr Wilson, who lived below the victim in Mayfield Drive in Armadale, West Lothian, called police shortly after 11pm on October 5 last year about a “big commotion”.

On the 999 recording, Mr Wilson told the operator that he could hear “banging doors” and “smashing every two minutes” from Mr Simpson’s home.

Mr Wilson told the court that there was a “scuffle in the living room which went right through to the bedroom. The last noise was from the 
bedroom.”

Mr Wilson also said he was a friend of 22-year-old Nisbet, whom he has known since they were teenagers, though they were not “close”. He had last seen Nisbet about a week before the murder outside an Armadale pub.

The jury heard that Mr Wilson had been drinking with friends from around noon on October 5. At one point in the afternoon, he said a man called Tony called at his home to ask to use a phone but did not tell him why. Police later established that the call was made to Kay Simpson, Mr Simpson’s daughter.

Under cross examination from solicitor advocate John Keenan, defending Nisbet, Mr Wilson agreed with a police statement that he gave on October 12 last year that he saw Ms Simpson at her father’s door three times that week, the last time on October 4.

In the same statement, Mr Wilson said that two males were involved in the argument on October 5, while a female was “chipping in every now and then”.

Pauline Stewart, 42, a police civilian worker, was on shift at the force communication centre when Mr Wilson’s 999 call went through at 11.08pm on October 5. She said officers were dispatched to Mayfield Drive and arrived at 11.40pm. The officers had found Mr Simpson’s home “all quiet” and there was no reply at his door before they left.

Mr Simpson’s body was found in his home on the evening of October 6.

Prosecutors claim Nisbet entered Mr Simpson’s flat and repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped him on the head and body. It is claimed that Nisbet inflicted blunt force injuries on Mr Simpson and dragged him across the floor.

Nisbet, a prisoner of HMP Addiewell, denies a total of five charges. Nisbet’s legal team has lodged special defences in relation to the murder charge alleging that three other people killed Mr Simpson.

The trial continues.