Son tells court how he found mum murdered
Nicole Reid • Published 9 Aug 2012 09:30
THE son of murdered pensioner Jenny Methven has been giving evidence at her murder trial- the same week her accused launched a special defence plea blaming him for the crime.
David Methven appeared at Glasgow High Court this week giving evidence at his mother's murder trial, just hours after accused William Kean lodged a special defence blaming her him, or others connected to him for the crime.
Mrs Methven, 80, from Forteviot, was found dead at her home on February 20 this year.
The jury heard that son David Methven had made a 999 call and was said to have not known whether his mother was alive or dead and repeatedly told the ambulance operator she was "stone cold."
46-year-old William Kean has been accused of her murder and is charged with stealing £15,000 from Mrs Methven's cottage on September 14 last year.
He denies the charges.
The court heard Mr Methven, 58, was instructed to give his mother CPR and said "I think she's dead."
He also told the court under cross-examination that he did not think it was relevant to tell police there was more than £100,000 in the family home when Mrs Methven was murdered.
Mr Kean is accused of murdering Ms Methven at her Perthshire cottage by repeatedly striking her on the head and body with a blunt instrument.
He is also alleged to have repeatedly cut his own fingertips and palms in order to prevent the police getting useable print samples.
He is further accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice between February 20 and March 28 this year by pouring bleach or similar liquid onto bloodstained trousers and cutting a pocket from them and concealing the trousers and pocket material in the eaves of a garage.
Giving evidence at the trial, forensic scientist Yvonne McLaren told the court she had examined the crime scene and noted pools of blood on the kitchen carpet and blood spatter and runs of blood on one wall.
The jury was warned about the content before being shown a video taken in the cottage which showed Mrs Methven's blood soaked body lying on the kitchen floor.
The court also heard that Mr Kean's fingerprint was found on a wall telephone covered in Mrs Methven's blood.
Police also found his DNA on a glass and on one of Mrs Methven's arms.
The trial, at the High Court in Glasgow, continues.
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