Bin murderer’s attacker turned away from court

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A MAN who tried to avenge the death of a former lover by throwing petrol at wheelie-bin murderer Robert Chalmers was barred from court after turning up with a bottle.

Chalmers – nicknamed “Papa Smurf” because of his white beard – is contesting the minimum 23 years he must spend in jail for ­butchering Samantha Wright. A trial two years ago heard how he swigged beer and watched ­television just feet away from her naked mutilated body.

His bid to cover up the death ended in October 2009 when a police officer with a sniffer dog discovered her hand ­poking through leaves in the bin in Chalmers’ garden in the ­Capital’s Duddingston area.

Chalmers, 61, was found guilty of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

As Chalmers was being put into a prison van after the ­verdict, cleaner Alistair Gibb, 32, launched his attack.

Gibb was later given a three-year jail sentence after ­admitting to putting Chalmers’ life in danger by seeking vengeance on him.

He arrived at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh yesterday with members of Samantha’s family, but police pounced when they saw Gibb was carrying a wine bottle which was less than half full.

It is understood that he was told to leave the area immediately, but escaped arrest.

Judges are to rule later on how much of his life sentence Chalmers must serve before he can ask the parole board to release him.

The discovery of Samantha’s remains ended a search which began when her family, who live in Hertfordshire, reported her missing nine months ­earlier on what would have been her 25th birthday.

By the time her body was found, it was impossible to tell how she had been murdered.