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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 March 2007, 17:52 GMT 18:52 UK
Father in tears at Angelika trial
Aneta Kluk and Wladyslaw Kluk, sister and father of murdered of Polish student Angelika Kluk
Angelika's sister and father arrive at Edinburgh High Court
The father of Angelika Kluk has told a murder trial about his last contact with his 23-year-old daughter.

Construction worker Wladyslaw Kluk, 50, wiped away tears as he spoke through an interpreter.

The High Court in Edinburgh also heard how her body was found below a hatch in the floor of the church.

Peter Tobin, 60, denies charges of raping Angelika Kluk then murdering her by hitting her repeatedly on the head with a piece of wood and stabbing her.

Mr Kluk talked proudly about his younger daughter, describing her as a clever student, devoted to the church and who loved Scotland.

"She was a prime student. A very good student," he said.

When asked about religion, he told the trial: "She was going to special religious groups with the church and she was gaining a lot from being in church."

Ms Kluk had come to Scotland during her holidays from Gdansk University to earn enough money to fund her studies.

Love note

Mr Kluk said his daughter had been given free accommodation at the chapel house at St Patrick's Church in Glasgow, in return for cleaning work.

He told the court about the last time he spoke to Angelika on the phone - just three days before she was reported missing.

Earlier, the jury was told about a love note found in the Polish student's bedroom.

The message signed "Martin" was found in a copy of the classic Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mocking Bird, beside a desk in the room in the staff quarters of the Roman Catholic church.

An inscription in the book read: "To Angela. I will always carry your song in my heart. You are my aghrai [darling]. I will always love you."

Angelika Kluk
Angelika Kluk's body was discovered in a Glasgow church

Police photographer Nicholla Brunt told how she took the pictures on 28 September before Ms Kluk's body had been found.

The murder charge against Mr Tobin alleges that between 24 and 29 September of last year at the church in William Street, he attacked Ms Kluk.

The charge says he gagged her with cloth and tape, tied her hands, raped her and battered her with a piece of wood or something similar, and repeatedly struck her with a knife.

It is alleged that he then hid the body under the floor of the church in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice.

In a "special defence" read to the jury Mr Tobin admits having sex with the Polish student, with her consent.

A further charge, which Mr Tobin also denies, alleges that he gave Glasgow police a false name, age and address, travelled to London and pretended to staff at the National Neurology and Neurosurgery Hospital in Queen's Square, London, that his name was James Kelly.

Tobin also denies a breach of the peace between July and September last year by threatening Rebecca Dordi at St Patrick's Church.

The trial before Judge Lord Menzies is expected to continue for at least six weeks.

More on the day's evidence

Jury discharged in Angelika trial
26 Mar 07 |  Glasgow and West
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23 Mar 07 |  Glasgow and West
Man faces murder and rape charges
06 Feb 07 |  Glasgow and West
Angelika family in final farewell
14 Nov 06 |  Glasgow and West
Man charged over Angelika death
07 Oct 06 |  Glasgow and West

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