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Wednesday, 5 April, 2000, 14:08 GMT 15:08 UK
Boy's fingerprint 'found on knife'
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The boy is on trial at the High Court, Perth
A schoolboy's fingerprint was found on a 15-inch knife used in a robbery which led to the death of a 90-year-old woman, a court has heard.

Widow Mary Payne was attacked in the early hours of 18 October last year.

The pensioner, who lived alone in Dundee, broke her pelvis as she struggled to hold on to her handbag.

From all sorts of angles it is a sad case and it is with a heavy heart that I invite you to convict the accused

Callum MacNeill, advocate depute

She suffered a heart attack and died less than 24 hours later at the city's Ninewells Hospital.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stands accused of robbing and killing Mrs Payne. He denies the charges.

Advocate depute Callum MacNeill told the High Court in Perth that the boy's legal team accepted his fingerprint was on the knife.

He said it was also not in dispute that the robbery and its aftermath had been responsible for Mrs Payne's death.

No evidence from accused

"There's ample evidence from which you can conclude that this assault and robbery was perpetrated by the accused.

"From all sorts of angles it is a sad case and it is with a heavy heart that I invite you to convict the accused," said Mr MacNeill.

Defence counsel, Edgar Prais QC, chose not to lead any evidence on behalf of the accused, who comes from Dundee.
Ninewells Hospital
Mary Payne died at Ninewells Hospital
The court heard that the teenager had admitted sleeping rough in a shop doorway yards away from where Mrs Payne was attacked.

She had just come out of a shop on Blackness Road with rolls for her breakfast.

The jury was told how her bag containing the bread was taken from her by the accused who gave it to his friend.

Detective Sergeant Gary Gold said he discovered a half eaten bread roll in a neighbouring garden the morning after the attack.

The boy had been thrown out by his friend's mother the night before the attack.

Thrown out of home

He admitted he had found a close beside a shop which was warm and he had gone to sleep there for the night.

When he got up he went back to the friend's flat and was allowed in for a period before being ushered out again.

The boy, who had been thrown out of his family home, said he was watching television at the time of the attack.

A search of the friend's house revealed a kitchen knife with a clear thumbprint from the accused on it.

The boy's brother told the court they were "having a laugh" with friends a few hours after the attack.

He said he had never seen his brother with the knife and denied that he was lying to protect him.

The trial, before Lord Johnstone, continues.

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