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Images of Angelika's body shown
Angelika Kluk portrait image
Angelika's body was found under the floor of the church
A jury has been shown graphic photographs and video images of Angelika Kluk's body after it was found under the floor of a Glasgow church.

The Polish student's arms could be seen in the pictures, protruding from under plastic sheeting.

Her hands were bound together in the pictures taken at St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow.

Handyman Peter Tobin, 60, denies raping and murdering the 23-year-old and hiding her body in the church.

The Judge, Lord Menzies, warned the jury and the public at the High Court in Edinburgh that they might find the images distressing.

Donald Findlay QC, defending, objected to the pictures being shown.

The court's public gallery was later cleared as video footage of Angelika's body being recovered was played following further protests from Mr Findlay.

It was quite dark but I could see what appeared to be a blue coloured tarpaulin or plastic sheeting
Sergeant Steven McPhelim

He said that showing the tape in open court would be "appalling".

Witness, Sergeant Steven McPhelim, 44, took to the stand to explain what the search team found after a reconnaissance of the church and grounds led them to a small hatch, covered by carpet.

He described to the court what he saw as a colleague opened the 28in by 18in hatch.

"It was quite dark but I could see what appeared to be a blue coloured tarpaulin or plastic sheeting.

"I then moved my position slightly and I could see what appeared to be two arms sticking out under the tarpaulin."

Earlier, the court was told that Mr Tobin was seen acting suspiciously near the hatch where Angelika's body was found.

Elspeth Checketts, a helper at the Catholic church, said she saw Mr Tobin acting "strange and jumpy" near the priest's confessional.

Miss Checketts told the court how she went to mass on Monday, 25 September, hours before police were called in to look for the 23-year-old student.

Donald Findlay
Donald Findlay raised objections to the material being shown

She described an encounter with a man she knew as Pat McLaughlin, the man she identified in court as accused Peter Tobin.

Miss Checketts, 41, told the court that was where she saw the man she knew as 'Pat'.

She said: "I noticed Pat was acting suspiciously. I had seen him before the mass started."

Miss Checketts said she thought it was strange that the handyman should be in the church before and after the service.

She said: "He has never attended mass at all, never. He was acting strange and jumpy."

She told advocate depute Dorothy Bain, prosecuting, that this was unusual because 'Pat' was normally "calm and collected".

Asked where the man was, she told the jury he was near the North Street entrance to the church.

The court heard she later made a statement to police telling them the handyman was standing "over near the confessional".

Miss Checketts told the court: "He actually spoke to me. He said 'I am sorry Elspeth I cannot talk now. I am in a hurry. I have an urgent appointment to go to'."

Very odd

Miss Checketts said that was the last she saw of him that day.

Ms Bain asked what 'Pat' was doing in the church and Miss Checketts told her: "I don't know. I saw him. What he was doing I don't know."

She added: "I thought it was very odd."

The witness agreed with Mr Findlay that people with urgent appointments were likely to be in a hurry.

It has been alleged that Mr Tobin attacked Miss Kluk, raped her, battered her and repeatedly struck her with a knife.

He has also been accused of hiding the body under the floor of the church in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice.

Mr Tobin has denied those charges and a charge of giving false personal details.

In a special defence read to the jury, Mr Tobin has admitted having sex with the Polish student, with her consent.

The trial continues.


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