A female teenager accused of murdering Angus oil worker Steven Donaldson has been granted bail by a High Court judge.
Tasmin Glass, 19, appeared in the dock alongside co-accused Callum Davidson and Steven Dickie at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday morning for a preliminary hearing in the case which follows the discovery of the 27-year-old Arbroath man’s body at an Angus beauty spot in June this year.
All three, from Kirriemuir, are charged with arranging to meet Mr Donaldson at the town’s Peter Pan play park between June 6 and 7, before repeatedly striking him on the head with unknown instruments and then taking him to Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve where they are alleged to have repeatedly struck him on the head and body with a baseball bat and knife, setting him and his vehicle on fire and murdering him.
Following an application by defence counsel, Mark Stewart QC, Lord Burns granted Glass bail on the special condition that she does not enter the county of Angus.
No application for bail was made on behalf of either Davidson or Dickie.
They each face a number of other charges, including assault and threatening behaviour on offences alleged to date back to 2014.
Trial in the case has been set for the High Court in Edinburgh on April 1 next year.
The Glasgow hearing was told that telephone reports and cell site analysis crucial to the case is still being prepared.
The discovery of the oil worker Mr Donaldson’s body in the early hours of June 7 at the RSPB nature reserve on the outskirts of Kirriemuir led to a two-week cordon being thrown up around the local area.
A no-fly zone was also introduced above the popular reserve just west of the Angus town as part of the major police inquiry.
At his funeral service he was described as a bright, hard-working, funny, ambitious and very talented young man.
The car and motorbike enthusiast’s offshore career had taken him to locations including Azerbaijan, Russia, Africa and Congo.