A man accused of murder at an Aberdeen high-rise has claimed that he acted in self defence after he was attacked, a court heard.
Bohdan Cieslar is accused of assaulting Aleksander Smerdel on December 27 last year at Donside Court, in Aberdeen.
The 59-year-old has gone on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.
It is alleged that he repeatedly struck him on the body with a knife to his severe injury and murdered him.
Cieslar has denied the charge and lodged a special defence, stating that he acted in self defence, having been attacked by the deceased.
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It was read to jurors at the start of proceedings yesterday.
The trial before Lord Pentland continues.
Police were called to a flat at Donside Court shortly before 2am on December 27 after receiving reports of an injured man.
The 44-year-old, who was later named as Aleksander Smerdel, of Poland, was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.