Murder trial told Jordan MacKay was ‘strong boy’

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THE mother of an alleged murder victim told a court on Thursday that her son was “a big, handsome, strapping, strong boy”.

Elizabeth MacKay was asked what effect the death of Jordan had on her and her family and said: “When Jordan died, we died.”

“He was just Jordan. He was my boy,” the midwife told the High Court in Edinburgh.

Mrs MacKay, 55, was giving evidence at the trial of Charlene Wilson, 37, and Jack Mallon, 47, who have pled not guilty to murdering Jordan MacKay, 20, on July 13 last year.

It is alleged that they seized hold of his body, pushed him, punched him on the head repeatedly and struck him on the neck with a knife at The Loan, in South Queensferry.

Mallon has lodged a special defence maintaining he was acting in defence of himself and his co-accused.

He has also denied having a knife without reasonable excuse or lawful authority on July 13.

Wilson has denied committing a breach of the peace on July 12 and 13 by conducting herself in a disorderly manner in South Queensferry.

It is alleged that she shouted, swore, uttered sexual remarks, repeatedly uttered threats of violence and repeatedly threatened to kill those present.

It is further alleged that she threatened to arrange for Jack Mallon to attend and strike those present with a knife and that she phoned and sent text messages to him.

She also faces charges of attempting to strike Mr MacKay and slap him on the face on July 13 at High Street and The Loan, in South Queensferry, and of attempting to pervert the course of justice. She has also pled not guilty to them.

Mrs MacKay said of her joiner son: “He was very good at school, very academic. He did well.”

She said her son was still living at home in July last year but had a girlfriend from his school days. She said: “He was going to marry her. I know he was, he told me.”

She said the couple were about to go on their first holiday together to Gran Canaria.

Mrs MacKay said that when her son had gone out on that Saturday night she was not expecting him home, but in the early hours of the Sunday morning the police had arrived at the family house in Kirkliston, near Edinburgh.

She said she was told that her son had been involved in a serious incident and had been stabbed.

She was taken to hospital in Edinburgh where she was told she needed to prepare herself for the worst.

Her son later died and advocate depute Iain McSporran asked her if she had been able to see him. She replied: “Just for a few minutes.”

Mrs MacKay said she loved her job but had not been able to go back to work.

She said: “I don’t know if I can help women and their families to bring their children into the world any more.”

The trial before judge Johanna Johnston QC continues.