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Witness accused in Angelika trial
Matthew Spark-Egan
Matthew Spark-Egan denied any involvement in the killing
A witness in the Angelika Kluk murder trial has been accused of being involved in her killing.

Matthew Spark-Egan,37, who denied any involvement in Ms Kluk's death, was at St Patrick's Church in Glasgow the day the Polish student disappeared.

He told jurors that he heard something being dragged then something being closed while he was at the Roman Catholic church in the Anderston area.

Peter Tobin, 60, denies murdering and raping Ms Kluk last September.

Mr Spark-Egan denied concocting the story to cover up his own part in the death of Miss Kluk.

It echoed round the church. Anyway, it was bizarre. It was like somebody being dragged.
Matthew Spark-Egan

He responded to allegations put by defence Donald Findlay QC, by saying: "Lies, total lies".

The lawyer also claimed that on the Ms Kluk thought to have died, the witness was distraught, saying he had murdered someone and was contemplating suicide.

Mr Findlay is defending Mr Tobin, a church handyman, who denies rape, murder and concealing Ms Kluk under the floor of St Patrick's Church.

Angelika Kluk portrait image
Angelika was reported missing in September last year

Mr Spark-Egan claimed that he saw Mr Tobin walking down the aisle of the church after hearing sounds of dragging, a thump like feet landing on the ground, and click like a hatch closing.

He told his story to police on 2 October last year, just three days after Miss Kluk's body was found entombed in the church.

The court also heard that the witness, who is also known as "Sparky" had been drinking since he was nine years old and had been an alcoholic since his teens.

'Violence obsession'

Jurors were told that he was obsessed with violence and had previously "confessed" to murder and robbery which he could not have committed.

Earlier, the witness described how he had been on a binge during the days leading up to Ms Kluk's death last September.

On Sunday, 24 September - the last day Angelika is known to have been alive - he took shelter in St Patrick's, drinking beer and reading a newspaper while lying on one of the pews.

He told how he heard "a mad noise".

St Patrick's Church, Anderston, Glasgow
Angelika had been staying at St Patrick's Church in Anderston

Mr Spark-Egan continued: "It echoed round the church. Anyway, it was bizarre. It was like somebody being dragged.

"I looked at the time and I looked round but I never seen anything."

Mr Spark-Egan said the dragging was followed by a tinny noise, a thump and then "it was like something shutting. It was like a latch shutting."

He also said that he saw Mr Tobin - who he knew as Pat. They didn't say hello.

Mr Findlay suggested it was incredible that Mr Tobin did not see Mr Spark-Egan.

Mr Tobin had a rag in his hand and was walking down the church.

Mr Spark-Egan said he knew Mr Tobin was the church handyman and thought he was just "doing something".

Asked why he had not spoken to Tobin he said: "I don't know. I was pretty freaked out because of the noise."

Mr Findlay finished bringing evidence for the defence.

All the evidence has now been heard in the case, jurors have been told, and the prosecution is expected to begin closing speeches.


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