A jury in the trial of a woman and two men accused of murdering Aberdeen oil worker Steven Donaldson has been shown graphic images of the 27-year-old lying dead beside his burned out BMW in the car park of an Angus nature reserve.
Opening evidence in the case against Steven Dickie, Callum Davidson and Tasmin Glass also revealed Mr Donaldson, who worked for Aberdeen-based oil services firm Interwell, died from sharp force injuries to the neck, according to a post mortem report.
All three, who are from Kirriemuir, face a charge of setting fire to Mr Donaldson and his car at Loch of Kinnordy, near Kirriemuir in June last year and murdering him.
The opening stage of proceedings heard the 999 phone call made just before 5am on June 7 by RSPB warden Victoria Turnbull, who arrived there with colleagues and discovered Mr Donaldson’s fire-ravaged BMW 1 series and his body lying beside it.
Ms Turnbull told advocate depute Ashley Edwards, at the High Court in Edinburgh, she initially thought the burned-out car may have been an incident of fly-tipping, which had happened previously at the reserve.
“We realised there was someone on the ground. I realised the person was dead so I stepped away and started to call the police,” the witness told the trial.