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Randa Kamblawi murder trial is shown bloody bath

Nicolson Street
Randa Kamblawi's body was found in their home in Nicolson Street

A jury has been shown photographs of the bloody bath where the submerged body of mother-of-two Randa Kamblawi was discovered in her Edinburgh home.

The bathwater had to be carefully sieved by officers to prevent vital evidence disappearing down the plughole the High Court in Perth heard.

Yahya Babiker, 45, denies murdering his wife, dumping her body in the bath and failing to report her death.

Her body was found in their home in Nicolson Street on 20 October 2009.

Crime scene examiner Iain Harkness told the court that a bloodstained duvet and a bedspread were in the bath along with the body of Mrs Kamblawi.

The body had been submerged in the water for some time
Iain Harkness
Crime scene examiner

Mr Harkness said specialist equipment had to be used to lift Mrs Kamblawi's body out of the bath to avoid her skin coming away in the officers' hand when they touched her.

The Scottish Police Services Authority senior scene examiner told the court that blood was found in a number of different places around the Nicolson Street flat.

He told the court: "There was bloodstaining in the master bedroom, on the doorway and on the TV cabinet. There also appeared to have been signs of a clean up, with dilute blood."

Sudanese national Mrs Kamblawi's husband is on trial accused of murdering her with a claw hammer.

Mr Babiker denies washing blood from the bedroom walls, bedroom furniture and fittings, the hallway floors and door and the bathroom floor and walls with a mop and bucket to remove traces of his wife's blood.

He further denies disposing of the murder weapon at an unknown location, dumping her body in the bath and failing to report her death to delay the possibility of the police investigating and gathering evidence.

Mr Babiker further denies hampering any probe into the murder by taking a taxi to Edinburgh Airport and trying to buy a one-way ticket to Paris. He denies flying to Heathrow and hiding out in London.

The trial, before Lady Stacey, continues.

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