Pub trio accused of murdering man with garden fork

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THREE men have gone on trial accused of murdering a man with a garden fork after an argument in a pub.

Gary Sim, 21, James Watson, 27, and Paul Watson, 29, all deny taking Thomas Lamb’s life at Edinburgh’s Restalrig Circus last September.

The three men appeared before judge Lord McEwan at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday. Lawyers acting for three men entered not guilty pleas on behalf of their clients as a jury was selected to hear evidence in the case.

The jurors were then read the details of the four charges against the three men.

Prosecutors allege that on September 19 or September 20 2014, at the Tor Public house in the Restalrig Road, Sim assaulted Mr Lamb.

It is claimed that Sim approached Mr Lamb from behind before putting his arm around his neck. It is then alleged that Sim pulled Mr Lamb from a chair on which he was seated on.

Prosecutors claim that Sim then pushed Mr Lamb on the body and caused him to fall to the ground. Sim then allegedly caused Mr Lamb’s head to strike against a table and chair.

The second charge alleges that on September 20, 2014, at Restalrig Circus, Sim and the two Watsons repeatedly struck Mr Lamb on the head and body.

Prosecutors claim that the three men then repeatedly kicked and jumped on Mr Lamb’s head and body before repeatedly striking him “with a garden fork, knife or other similar sharply pointed or bladed instrument”.

It is then claimed that Mr Lamb sustained multiple stab wounds and that the three men murdered him.

The third charge alleges that, having committed murder, Sim attempted to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of his clothing and washing his hands at an address in Loganlea Drive Edinburgh and elsewhere in the city in an “attempt to avoid prosecution” for the alleged murder.

The fourth charge claims that between September 20 and September 22, 2014, at Taylor Place and elsewhere in Edinburgh, James Watson cleaned his clothing and shoes in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice.

Prosecutors claim he did this to avoid prosecution for murdering Mr Lamb.

The legal document gives the men’s addresses as being prisoners of HMP Edinburgh.

Sim is represented by advocate Brian McConnachie QC whilst James Watson is represented by Ian Duguid QC. Paul Watson is represented by solicitor advocate Iain Paterson.

The prosecution case is being presented by advocate Tim Niven Smith.

The trial continues on Wednesday when the Crown is expected to call its first witness.