An Aberdeen man has told a jury he thought he was going to die after he was allegedly stabbed during a trip to Edinburgh.
James Stewart, 46, said he and his brother Peter were both set upon as they were being led into a house for a cup of tea to meet the seller of a car they were looking to buy.
He said a youth – who he identified in court as one of the two men facing assault and robbery charges – suddenly spun round and aimed a punch at the left side of his stomach.
He told a jury at the High Court in Livingston: “I thought I was dying.”
Asked why he didn’t phone for help, Mr Stewart claimed he couldn’t concentrate on his phone, which was covered in blood.
He said: “I didn’t know if I was going to die.
“I didn’t know if I was going to see my kids or anyone again. I was in a strange place.
“I was panicking.”
As he examined the wound in his side, he said he saw his brother coming out of the close with one of the accused beside him.
Mr Stewart said he ran back to their car, which was parked in the street outside, but couldn’t get in because his brother had the key.
He said he saw a man running towards his brother and tussling with him but, realising he was bleeding heavily himself, went to try to get help.
As a couple he met in a nearby street called for an ambulance, Mr Stewart said he turned round and saw his brother coming out of his car.
He said: “He came out of the car and took about two steps towards me and said to me, ‘They’ve got me’. He took two more steps forward then he collapsed.”
The jury heard a recording of the 999 call in which Mr Stewart is passed the phone and tells the call handler he can see “serious bleeding” from his brother.
The jury was also shown footage of the moment Peter Stewart collapsed in the street.
He was beside a black car parked in a street in the Wardieburn area of Edinburgh.
It’s agreed evidence that Peter was stabbed through the heart and lung and would have died from his injuries without medical intervention.
Under cross examination, James Stewart admitted he and his brother were regular cannabis users.
However, despite being offered immunity from prosecution for drugs offences by the prosecution, he firmly rejected suggestions he and his brother had gone to Edinburgh with £6,500 to buy a kilo of cannabis.
Ryan Ellis, 31, and a 17-year-old teenager – who can’t be named for legal reasons – deny seriously assaulting James Stewart.
They also deny robbing and attempting to murder Peter Stewart in Wardieburn Street West, Edinburgh, on 8 April last year.
The jury heard yesterday that another witness had told police one of the accused had confessed to her that the brothers had been caught in a pre-planned “ambush” to rob them of the cash and a mobile phone.
However, mum-of-four Kayleigh Davis, 22, claimed she had no memory of reporting she saw one man lying bleeding on the ground and another with “blood coming from his body” run past and throw a makeshift weapon into a hedge.
She told the jury her amnesia was due to the fact she had been taking drugs before the incident.
She admitted she had been living an “erratic” lifestyle and using cannabis, methadone and valium.
Her police statement, signed by her and read out in court, said that Ellis had confessed that he and his co-accused had lured the two alleged victims to the capital with the promise of a bogus drug deal.
Her words, read to the jury, said: “(The teenager) met the guys’ car in Wardieburn and took them into the stair.
“Ryan said that when the guys followed him into the stair Ryan punched one of the guys in the back of the head then (the teenager) stabbed him.
“Ryan said he got involved and ended up getting blood on his clothes while grabbing on to one of the guys.
“Ryan said he had a knife with him but he never stabbed anyone.”
The statement added: “He also said he was freaking out about his clothes being covered in blood. He said he binned the clothing.
“He said he was going into hiding.”
The police officer’s note of Ms Davis’ statement added she told them the two accused had set up a bogus drug deal to lure the brothers to Edinburgh.
The statement said: “Ryan said the plan all along was to rob the guys of the cash as they had no drugs and James (the teenager’s uncle) set them up.”
The trial, before Lord Glennie, continues.