Murder accused tells High Court he believes in reincarnation
Midlothian man Garry Lockhart, 33, said he intended to kill two-year-old Michael and then himself so they could be reunited with his wife.
A man accused of murdering his wife and son days after Christmas last year has told a court he believes in reincarnation.
Midlothian man Garry Lockhart, 33, said he intended to kill two-year-old Michael and then himself so they could be reunited with his wife, who he had strangled during an argument.
On Tuesday Mr Lockhart took to the witness at the High Court in Edinburgh box to give evidence.
He said he murdered his wife Janet after snapping during an argument over how late he'd come home, drunk.
Mr Lockhart said the next morning his only thought was for Michael and himself to join her.
He was asked if he was talking about reincarnation - and replied yes, and agreed that was something he believed in.
Mr Lockhart also told the court that afterwards he tried to kill himself by taking pills before getting in his car and driving.
He was put on suicide watch in prison.
The bodies of Janet and Michael Lockhart were found at their home in Bonnyrigg on the evening of the 28th of December last year.
Mr Lockhart admits the murder of his wife but claims the killing of his son is culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility.