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'Vampire' claim at murder trial
The High Court in Edinburgh
The court was told of hand-written notes about blood
A man accused of murder told police that he had drunk a man's blood and eaten part of his head, a court has heard.

The alleged comments came days after officers had found a vampire book and film at his home.

Allan Menzies, 22, denies murdering Thomas McKendrick at Mr Menzies' Lanrigg Avenue home in Fauldhouse, West Lothian, on 11 December last year.

He is charged with repeatedly striking Mr McKendrick, 21, on the head with a baseball bat or hammer and stabbing him in the head, face and body.

He offered a guilty plea to a charge of culpable homicide for the killing on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but the Crown did not accept it.

Detective Constable Robert Lowe told the High Court in Edinburgh that Mr Menzies told him: "I drank his blood and ate a bit of his head. There was blood everywhere and I buried him up the woods."

'Precious blood'

He said he had taken him there in a wheelie bin, the Lothian and Borders Police officer said.

Mr Menzies was being taken from Livingston police station to make an initial appearance at court in Linlithgow when it is alleged he made the comments.

The court heard he also told detectives: "I am going to get 20 to 25 years for this for doing him with a hammer and ma bowie knife, but I have got his soul."

DC Lowe said that while Mr Menzies was being taken to Edinburgh's Saughton prison he mentioned that he would plead guilty if he could "get Carstairs" - the state hospital.

He has also denied attempting to defeat the ends of justice by burying Mr McKendrick's body.

I found a forearm and a hand sticking out of the ground
Pc Kenneth Gray
The court heard on that 10 January police searched Mr Menzies' home and found videos, including Queen of the Damned, and a book, Blood and Gold by Anne Rice, which is part of The Vampire Chronicles.

Detective Constable Stephen McCormick said that Queen of the Damned was about a 17th century vampire called Lestat who returned from the dead to the 20th century.

Inside the novel were hand-written notes, several with spelling mistakes, which included: "I have chosen my fate to become a vampire. Blood is much too precious to be wasted on humans."

Another note read: "The blood is the life I have drunk the blood and it shall be mine for I have seen horror."

A further passage shown to the jury said: "The master will come for me and he has promised to make me immortal for I will do as they command."

Body find

Police Constable Kenneth Gray said he was part of a team carrying out a search in an area of woods at Fauldhouse moor on 18 January when he came across a clearing.

"I found a forearm and a hand sticking out of the ground," said Pc Gray.

He said he had noticed an object protruding from the ground and on further examination realised it was a hand.

The trial continues.

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