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Woman accused of murder 'owed ex-boyfriend £3000'

A trial has heard Steven Donaldson tried to get the cash from Tasmin Glass shortly before his death.

Steven Donaldson: Body was found on nature reserve.
Steven Donaldson: Body was found on nature reserve. Police Scotland

A woman who allegedly murdered her ex-boyfriend owed him £3000, a court has heard.

Witness Paige Jolly said her friend Tasmin Glass, 20, told her Steven Donaldson wanted the cash a short time before his death in June 2018.

She told the High Court in Edinburgh that Glass told her that her mum was going to give Mr Donaldson the cash because she did not want to meet him.

Ms Jolly said: "She said it was something to do about three grand of his money. He said he was wanting the money back and her mum was going to do it.

"She said she was going to transfer it into her mum's account so she could give it to him. It was so she didn't have to meet him."

The witness later told the court that she had been in a short relationship with Glass's co-accused Steven Dickie, 24.

She said that she got to know Callum Davidson, 24, who is also accused of Mr Donaldson's murder, during that time.

The court heard that before going out with Dickie, she had a relationship with a man called Philip Coventry, but the pair were not on good terms since their split.

She told prosecution lawyer Ashley Edwards QC that Davidson offered to "sort Philip out" if she gave him £400 - an offer she said had "shocked her".

Ms Jolly, of Kirriemuir, Angus, was giving evidence on the third day of proceedings against Glass, Dickie and Davidson.

The trio - who all come from the Kirriemuir area - deny murdering Mr Donaldson between June 6 and June 7 2018.

Prosecutors claim that between June 6, 2018, and June 7, 2018, the trio arranged to meet Mr Donaldson, 27, at the town's Peter Pan Play Park and assaulted him there by repeatedly striking him with "unknown weapons".

They are then alleged to have taken Mr Donaldson to the Kinnordy Nature Reserve car park while he was incapacitated.

Once at the park, the Crown claims that Mr Donaldson was struck on the head and body with a knife, baseball bat, and an "unknown heavy bladed instrument".

The accused are then alleged to have set fire to Mr Donaldson and to his car.

All three plead not guilty and the trial continues.

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