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Police chief's PA cleared of insurance scam after testifying against partner

Theresa Noble had a not guilty plea accepted after she agreed to give evidence about an alleged scheme to destroy her Audi car.

Court: Ms Noble had denied charges of fraud and wasting police time.

The personal assistant of Tayside Police's chief constable has been cleared of fraud charges after she turned Queen's evidence on her former partner.

Theresa Noble was due to stand trial alongside her ex-partner Paul Martin accused of destroying her Audi A3 car in an alleged insurance scam.

But minutes before the trial was due to start at Dundee Sheriff Court, the Crown accepted her not guilty plea.

Ms Noble, 47, was released from the dock, before returning later to the witness box to give evidence against Martin.

She admitted she hated the car "with a passion" and wanted to have a convertible instead.

Ms Noble said she had been working as office manager in Tayside Police's force executive support at the time of the incident in January last year.

On the morning of January 18 to get ready for work, but when she went outside she found her car was gone.

She said: "I panicked. I ran up the stairs and told Paul then phoned the police.

"I told them there had been a Tag Heuer watch, a Garmin Sat Nav and Versace sunglasses in the car when it was taken."

The court was told the missing items were later found in the couple's home in Dundee's Silver Button Yard.

Ms Noble was arrested and interviewed by police after the car was found partially burnt out in Dundee's Caird Park by a police dog handler.

She said: "The police officer told me that it was clear from the evidence that Paul had done it. He said if Paul would change his plea then the charges against me wouldn't be taken any further.

"I was devastated about the whole thing - he was my partner."

David Duncan, defending, asked Noble: "Is it the case that you told police that you didn't really want that car?"

She replied: "Yes - I hated it with a passion. I wanted a convertible."

Martin, 53, of Arklay Terrace, Dundee, denies charges of attempting to obtain money by fraud and wasting police time between January 18 and February 6 last year.

Ms Noble, 47, of Arklay Terrace, Dundee, had her not guilty plea to the same charges accepted.

The trial, before Sheriff Brian Cameron, continues.

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