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Mother's blood 'in couple's flat'

Anne Brown
Anne Brown's body was found lying in water in October

Blood stained clothing was found at the flat of a woman and her boyfriend who are accused of murdering her mother, a court has heard.

Lisa Brown, 21, and John Wilson, 25, deny murdering Anne Brown and dumping her body in an Ayrshire burn.

Forensic scientist Marie Campbell said the chances of blood discovered on a jacket not belonging to Anne Brown were more than a billion to one.

The trial heard other blood stained items were found in the couple's flat.

Anne Brown's body was found in Clerkland Burn in North Ayrshire in October last year.

The jury at the High Court in Glasgow heard that a black waterproof jacket was seized from the flat Lisa Brown and Mr Wilson shared in Glasgow, during the inquiry into 51-year-old's death.

Blood staining

Ms Campbell told how she later carried out analysis on the garment.

She said blood on a cuff matched the DNA profile of former nurse Anne Brown.

She added it was estimated to be "more than one in a billion" that it could belong to another female unrelated to Anne Brown.

The court heard that a pair of gloves were also examined and blood matching the dead woman's profile again discovered.

Inside one glove there was DNA matching Anne Brown's profile and a smaller amount matching her daughter's.

There was also some which Ms Campbell said may be linked to Mr Wilson.

Police road block
Police found Mrs Brown's body during searches in Ayrshire

A blue top that was collected also had evidence of blood staining.

Miss Campbell told the trial: "Due to the heavy blood staining on the cuffs and the hood, it was more typical with the wearer having the blood on their hands and touching the hood."

It is claimed Lisa Brown and Mr Wilson struck Anne Brown on the head and body with a blunt object or objects and that her daughter had previously "evinced malice and ill-will towards her".

Lisa Brown and Mr Wilson are then alleged to have attempted to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of her body in the burn.

They are also accused of washing a quantity of bloodstained clothing which they wore at the time of the alleged attack.

The trial before judge Lord Matthews continues.



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