A murder accused told a court he lied to police because he didn’t want to be “labelled a grass” and cause trouble for his friend.
Steven Dickie, 24, told a jury he was also untruthful because he didn’t want to land his friend and co-accused Callum Davidson, 24, in trouble.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard Dickie say he didn’t tell the truth to detectives investigating the circumstances of the death of Aberdeen oil worker Steven Donaldson, 27, in Kirriemuir, Angus, last year.
He told his lawyer Ian Duguid there were inaccuracies in the statements he provided to Police Scotland officers.
When Mr Duguid asked him why he did this, Dickie said: “I didn’t want to be labelled a grass.
“I didn’t want him knowing that I was talking to the police.
“I didn’t want him to call me a grass.
“I didn’t want to open my mouth and get anybody into trouble.”
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Dickie, of Kirriemuir, was giving evidence on the 15th day of proceedings against him, Davidson and Tasmin Glass, 20.
The trio, who all come from Kirriemuir, deny murdering Mr Donaldson, of Arbroath, at locations in their home town between June 6 and 7 last year.
The trial, before judge Lord Pentland, continues.