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Man admits dumping body in burn

Anne Brown
Mr Wilson admitted helping to dispose of Anne Brown's body

A man on trial for the murder of his girlfriend's mother has admitted packaging her body and dumping it in an Ayrshire burn.

John Wilson, 25, told the High Court in Glasgow that Anne Brown was killed by her daughter Lisa Brown.

The couple deny murdering Mrs Brown in October last year and have lodged special defences of incrimination blaming each other for the killing.

Mr Wilson said he helped cover the body and put it in Lisa Brown's car.

The court was told the couple have had a child since being remanded in custody.

Mr Wilson told the trial he helped dispose of the body to stay together with his girlfriend and ensure he had contact with his child.

I asked Lisa to show me where the body was and it was in between two sheds
John Wilson
Accused

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

The former security guard told how he started dating Ms Brown in 2007 and she later moved in with him at his flat in Glasgow.

They had an on-off relationship and last September, Ms Brown told him to choose between her and his job.

He left his work, leaving both with little income despite her being pregnant with their child.

The court earlier heard how Ms Brown had been involved in a dispute with her mother over a child that they cared for.

QC Ian Duguid asked Mr Wilson: "Did you kill Anne Brown?" He replied: "No."

Mr Duguid said : "Who did?" The 25 year-old replied: "Lisa."

Mr Wilson then told the jury that he had been in a field behind Mrs Brown's home that evening when his girlfriend had come out and said: "John, I think I have killed my mum".

I loved Lisa. If I did not do as she wanted, I would have lost her and not seen my child.
John Wilson

He added: "I asked her what happened and she said that she was defending herself. I asked her to show me where the body was and it was in between two sheds.

"There was blood all over her face and she was not moving. She was lying still, flat on the ground."

He admitted helping wrap the body and put it in the boot of Anne Brown's Ford Focus.

Mr Wilson said Ms Brown drove them to ponds near Craignaught Farm, Ayrshire.

He told the court he took the remains down to the water while Ms Brown stayed in the vehicle with the child.

Mr Wilson admitted he later lied to police by claiming when they got to Anne Brown's home that evening, she had not been there.

He said this was a story he and his girlfriend had planned to stick to until he learned that she was blaming him for the murder.

Stick together

He told the court: "We had agreed that we would stick together and when we got out of jail, we would get back together and live happily ever after."

His QC Mr Duguid later asked him: "How did you end up doing something as criminal as this?"

Mr Wilson told him: "I loved Lisa. If I did not do as she wanted, I would have lost her and not seen my child. I still have not seen my child."

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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