A police officer has told an Aberdeen court that a murder accused seemed “under the influence of drink”.
The comments were made at the High Court trial of Kestutis Butkevicius.
Butkevicius, 44, denies murdering his flatmate Martynas Krasaukas at an address on Peterhead’s King Street on September 27 last year.
He also denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
He has lodged a special defence of incrimination, blaming his former partner Orinta Kalinauskaite.
Pc Jon MacDonald was giving evidence at the trial.
He told how on the morning of September 27 he and two colleagues attended an address in King Street having been alerted to an incident.
He spoke of seeing “spots of blood” on the steps.
He also told the court of seeing “more splatters of blood” through the hallway and in the carpets.
Pc MacDonald said he shouted and a man came out of one of the rooms.
When asked how he appeared, Pc MacDonald said: “He appeared to be under the influence of drink.”
He went on to say that he stopped at the bathroom, when asked why, he said: “There was a male who appeared to be motionless lying on the bathroom floor.
“There were no signs of life from that male. I could see what appeared to be a wound in his upper chest area.”
Defence counsel Drew McKenzie asked Pc MacDonald if the accused, Ms Kalinauskaite and another witness were kept apart and could not speak to each other after being escorted from the flat at King Street.
Pc MacDonald agreed that this was the case.
The trial continues.