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Man goes on trial accused of World's End murders 37 years ago

Angus Sinclair is accused of raping and murdering Christine Eadie and Helen Scott in 1977 in Edinburgh.

Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, victims of the World's End murders in Edinburgh 1977 Public Domain image, originally a Police collect

A man has gone on trial accused of murdering two teenagers 37 years ago in Edinburgh.

Angus Sinclair is accused of raping and murdering Christine Eadie, 17, and Helen Scott, also 17, on October 15 and 16, 1977.

The pair were found dead after a night out at the World's End pub at the Royal Mile, where they had been seen leaving at closing time.

The bodies were found six miles apart in East Lothian, with Ms Eadie found in Gosford Bay and Ms Scott discovered in a field near Haddington.

Sinclair is alleged to have killed the teenagers while acting along with his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton, who is now deceased.

At the High Court in Livingston on Monday it was claimed the young women were gagged, tied up, raped and strangled.

The jury of nine women and six men was shown printed maps of the "deposition" sites of the two teenagers, between Coates and Huntington and Gosford Sands, in East Lothian, respectively.

The sites were confirmed by the trial's first witness, Thomas Graveson, 66, a systems data administrator with Police Scotland who is now retired.

In evidence led by Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland, prosecuting, the jury of nine women and six men were shown a series of photographs including pictures of the teenagers' injured bodies, found at two locations in East Lothian.

The Lord Advocate warned that some members of the jury could find the pictures "distressing and upsetting".

Alistair Calderwood, a former police photographer, was on the witness stand as the jury was presented with the images.

Mr Calderwood agreed that one photograph showed the body of Helen, wearing a raincoat and with her hands tied behind her back, in a field at Coates Farm, between Huntington and Coates, East Lothian.

He also agreed that a ligature, made from a belt and a pair of tights, used around Helen's neck was shown near her body.

Mr Mulholland also showed the jury a photograph of the body of Christine with a ligature around her neck, found at Gosford Sands, East Lothian.

Another photo showed Christine's wrists had also been tied behind her back.

The jury was also shown pictures of ligatures used to tie the girls' wrists, their clothing and swabs and hair samples taken from their bodies.

Sinclair, defended by Ian Duguid QC, has submitted three special defences of incrimination - blaming his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton, now dead; alibi - saying he was fishing on the banks of the Firth of Forth near Cockenzie power station at the time; and consent to sexual intercourse.

Judge Lord Matthews said the trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

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