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Witness claims shooting was revealed during taxi trip

Martyn Barclay
Mr Barclay died in January 2009 after being shot in the head

A murder accused revealed during a taxi trip that he had shot a man, a court has heard.

Paul Igoe, 37, is said to have admitted during the journey that he carried out the shooting of father-of-one Martyn Barclay in Edinburgh in January 2009.

But he later changed his story, telling a witness that he had found the victim lying outside his mother's house.

Mr Igoe, or Hunter, and his sister, Caroline Igoe - Mr Barclay's girlfriend - both deny murdering the 26-year-old.

Witness John Arthur, 27, told the High Court in Edinburgh that Mr Igoe was drunk during the journey to his father's flat.

Gun 'gesture'

The former kitchen porter said he thought Mr Igoe had made a gesture with his hand in a gun-type shape in the taxi.

"It was when he told me he shot him," he added.

He said that Mr Igoe was told to shut up when he later repeated the admission while at the home of his father, Archie Hunter.

Mr Arthur said the accused later gave a different version of events of what had happened to Mr Barclay.

"He says when he went up the road he had found him and he was lying outside his mum's house," he said.

Mr Barclay's former partner, hairdresser Gillian Lodge, 39, the mother of his three-year-old son, said their relationship had come to an end in November 2008.

She told the court she believed he had started going out with Ms Igoe, 32, in December.

Ms Lodge said she got a phone call from her on 17 January last year, looking for a number for Mr Barclay's father.

When she asked why it was needed, she was told that Mr Barclay had been shot.

Life support

"I asked her how bad it was. She told me he was with the doctors. She didn't know," she told the court.

Ms Lodge said she had gone to the hospital but a decision was later taken to switch off Mr Barclay's life support machine.

Ms Lodge told advocate depute Alex Prentice QC that her former partner had never expressed any suicidal thoughts to her.

The Igoes have also pled not guilty to firearms offences involving possession of a gun.

The pair have also denied attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

A third accused Kenneth Carruthers, 37, denies firearms offences and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The trial, before Lord Bracadale, continues.



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