A woman told her mum she thought she still loved the man she’s now accused of murdering, a court heard.
Wendy Glass, 54, said her daughter Tasmin, 20, told her this while she spoke to police investigating the death of her former boyfriend, Aberdeen oil worker Steven Donaldson, 27.
Mrs Glass told the High Court in Edinburgh she accompanied her daughter to a police station in Dundee to give a statement to detectives.
She had gone there after Mr Donaldson’s remains were discovered in the car park of a nature reserve in Kirriemuir, Angus, on June 7 2018.
Mrs Glass told prosecution lawyer Ashley Edwards QC that she comforted Tasmin as she spoke to officers.
She added: “She was upset. We were both upset.”
Mrs Glass said she had tried to reassure her daughter about what was going on. She added: “She said to me: ‘I think I still love him’.”
Mrs Glass was giving evidence on the sixth day of proceedings against her daughter and co-accused Steven Dickie and Callum Davidson, both 24.
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The trio, all from the Kirriemuir area, deny murdering Mr Donaldson, of Arbroath, in their home town between June 6 and June 7 last year.
During her evidence, Mrs Glass said on June 6 her daughter told her she was going out with Steven Dickie and a couple of friends. She said she had been in contact with her to find out when she was returning home.
Mrs Glass said she had waited up for her and said Tasmin looked normal when she returned home.
She said: “She was quite happy, relaxed, chatty.”
The trial, before judge Lord Pentland, continues.