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Murder accused admitted pushing wife in shower

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

A murder accused claimed to police he pushed his wife in the shower, causing her to fall and hit her head on bath taps at their Edinburgh home.

Yahya Babiker, 45, told officers when Randa Kamblawi, 34, tried to get up she slipped and hit her head again, a High Court in Perth jury heard.

He 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.

Babiker admitted trying to carry his wife's body from the bath to the bedroom but gave up because there was too much blood.

I was really scared because it was me who pushed her
Yahya Babiker

During a police interview after his arrest, Babiker admitted leaving the student in the bath and leaving their two young children with a relative in the middle of the night.

He told officers he then took a flight to London and spent several hours walking around before taking a bus back to Edinburgh and telling his in-laws where he was.

The 45-year-old Sudanese national told the police that he had pushed his wife back in the bath when she said the water was cold and she had fallen over and hit her head.

He claimed during the interview with detectives that she had got back up and then slipped and hit her head on the bath tap a second time.

He said: "When she opened the taps she said 'oh no, the water's cold'. She was standing up and I pushed her.

"She banged her head, twice. She said leave me, leave me. I said what happened, what happened, but she didn't speak. There was blood everywhere.

"After that she stopped moving. I checked for a pulse and there was nothing.

"I carried her. She was unconscious and blood was all over my clothing.

"After that I tried to take her to the bed. She was really, really weak. I wanted to wash the blood. I was really scared because it was me who pushed her."

Murder weapon

Babiker said he did not call for an ambulance or the police because he was afraid his children would be taken away.

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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