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Murdered student's final message
Angelika Kluk
The court heard Angelika Kluk sent text messages on 24 September
Murdered Polish student Angelika Kluk told her married boyfriend she loved him in the last text message she sent to him, a court has heard.

Martin MacAskill, 40, told the High Court in Edinburgh about the last contact he had with Ms Kluk, 23, on Sunday 24 September.

Peter Tobin, 60, is accused of killing Ms Kluk and hiding her body under the floor of St Patrick's Church, Glasgow.

He denies all the charges against him. The trial continues.

It is alleged Mr Tobin murdered Ms Kluk and hid her body between 24 and 29 September.

Mr MacAskill told the court he returned from a trip to Majorca with his wife late on 23 September.

He said that on 24 September he received a text message from Ms Kluk, who he referred to as Angela.

Martin MacAskill and his wife
Mr MacAskill arrived at court with his wife

"She was checking to make sure I was OK," he said.

He replied to her text, explaining that as he was feeling unwell and had to work that day, so he would not be able to see her.

Mr MacAskill said he received a reply from her which said: "I wish I could be there to tuck you in."

He added: "She said I wish I could give you chicken soup, not tea. She ended it by saying I love you. That was the last text message I received from her."

He told how later that night he had tried to phone Ms Kluk but without success.

Mr MacAskill said the phone had rung out before going to voicemail.

The number was engaged the next time he tried and then went straight to voicemail.

There's nothing left for me to hide, so go for your life
Martin MacAskill

Earlier the witness reacted angrily when Donald Findlay QC, representing Mr Tobin, asked questions about his love life with Ms Kluk.

Mr Findlay asked Mr MacAskill if he had used condoms with Ms Kluk and if they had had "sexual relations" in the shower in her room at the chapel house at the Roman Catholic church in the Anderston area of the city.

Mr MacAskill answered yes to both questions, telling Mr Findlay: "There's nothing left for me to hide, so go for your life."

The lawyer said the questions were in the interests of justice.

Mr MacAskill replied: "I understand what you're saying, I don't particularly agree but I understand."

The court heard that parish priest Father Gerry Nugent was "incandescent with rage" when he found out about Angelika's affair with Mr MacAskill.

On 15 September, three weeks after the priest discovered the relationship, the court heard that Angelika sent Mr MacAskill an email describing Father Nugent's change in attitude.

I sometimes feel I was like a nice teddy bear to Gerry
Email from Angelika

It said: "I sometimes feel I was like a nice teddy bear to Gerry.

"When it was interesting to play with me everything was okay but when I stopped admiring him as much as before he just put me in the dark closet."

Earlier, the trial heard that Father Nugent had claimed in a police statement and in a newspaper article that he had sex with Angelika.

Mr MacAskill told the court he did not believe there had been such a relationship.

He also said the priest did not like him.

"Following discovery of our relationship - I think, if memory serves on 25 August - I got information from Angela that I was certainly no longer welcome at the chapel house," he said.

'Moral objection'

"He was incandescent with rage."

Mr MacAskill said the discovery had led to Father Nugent "shouting and swearing".

"Then he pretty much stopped speaking to her, apparently," he said.

Mr MacAskill, who revealed that he still phones his former lover's mobile number, told the trial: "The way she put it was that he felt she had betrayed his trust.

"The fact that we were having such a relationship and it was taking place in the chapel house."

Nothing missing

Mr Findlay asked him: "Did it ever cross your mind that what lay behind this was not just a moral objection, but jealousy?"

Mr MacAskill replied: "No, not at that time, no."

The court also heard about the search for Angelika on Monday 25 September.

Mr MacAskill, his wife and Angelika's sister, Aneta, had gone to St Patrick's that night and found the door to her room was open but nothing was missing.

Mr MacAskill said despite his and Aneta Kluk's concern, Father Nugent did not offer to help look for her.




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Martin MacAskill arrives at court with his wife



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