Man goes on trial accused of double murder in Dundee

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Police on Dundee's Rosefield Street after the discovery of Holly Alexander and Ronnie Kidd's bodies

A man has gone on trial at the High Court accused of a double murder in Dundee.

Krzysztof Gadecki denies murdering Ronald Kidd and Holly Alexander at a flat in the city between between December 8 and 11 last year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Mr Kidd and Ms Alexander were found dead after a security firm failed to make contact with Mr Kidd, who was wearing an electronic tag.

Police were alerted and a constable who attended at the flat in Rosefield Street saw “blood splatter” inside.

PC Aaron Brake, 33, said: “It looked like something had happened within the property. I could see various items strewn about.”

He said he had contacted his control room to get in touch with public works to force the lock so that the inside of the flat could be looked at.

After a joiner forced the lock he was able to see a dead woman inside the flat and a man’s legs sticking out from behind a bedroom door.

Gadecki, 38, is alleged to have murdered Mr Kidd, who was 40, by repeatedly striking him on the head and body with a knife or similar instrument between December 8 and 11 last year at his home at 20G Rosefield Street.

He is also charged with murdering Ms Alexander, who was 37, at the flat where she was staying by repeatedly striking her on the body with a knife or similar instrument between the same dates.

Gadecki is also charged with stealing a set of keys, three watches, a pocket watch, a silver chain, a flask, two wallets and their contents, money and drugs.

He is also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by putting clothing in a washing machine and disposing of training shoes and a mobile phone.

He has denied the charges and lodged a special defence of self defence claiming that he had been assaulted by the deceased.

The trial before Lord Boyd of Duncansby continues.

For more, see Wednesday’s Courier

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