09/09/2016 Reporting Scotland


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A jury has heard that a man accused of murdering a waiter in Lanarkshire

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nearly 18 years ago has already stood trial

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The details emerged today during the cross-examination

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48 year old Ronnie Coulter denies murdering Surjit Singh Chhokar

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in Overtown near Wishaw in November 1998.

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From the High Court in Glasgow here's our Home Affairs

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For the third day, Elizabeth Bryce has been in the witness box

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recording the event of November the 4th 1998. She was the partner of the

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Indian waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar, who was stabbed to death outside her

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house in Overtown. His family were watching with the jury was told the

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man in the book has already been tried for the crime. In fact it's

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the third time Elizabeth Bryce has given evidence in a High Court

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trial. In March 1999, Ronnie Coulter was tried and acquitted. Now Ronnie

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Coulter is back in court accused of the murder of Mr Chhokar for a

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second time and stop Elizabeth Bryce was questioned by the defence QC.

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She said on the night her partner, who she called Chhokar, died, she

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found him out of the flat, bleeding heavily from a chest wound. She then

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told police that three men had been involved but only named Andrew

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Coulter. PC David Rattray was first on the scene. He said he had taken a

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statement from Mr Bryce in the ambulance taking Mr Chhokar grasped.

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Constable Rattray said Elizabeth Bryce at only given him the name of

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Andrew Calder and if she had told the names of the other two men, she

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would have passed on. The trial of Ronnie Coulter here in Glasgow

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resumes on Monday. A grieving family is calling

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for improvements to mortuaries around the country, after branding

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conditions at their local one The widow and daughters of a man

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who died in a sailing accident were called to identify his body,

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but they say they were shocked at facilities at the mortuary,

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which didn't even include a toilet These are the waters of the Murray

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coast which claimed the life of keen sailor Frank White in May. The

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69-year-old had set off on his boat to spectate on a race series run by

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the local club when his boat was overturned. Tragic enough for his

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family but when they were asked to come and formally identify his body,

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at the mortuary in Elgin, this is what greeted them. What used to

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promote like a disused, unkempt outbuilding, and two steps outside,

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we were by his body, with very little progression. Just kind of,

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are you ready? We think all going to move forward with this, and

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actually, you're there, with your loved one right in front of you. In

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a statement, NHS Grampian said they had immediately apologised to Mr

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White's family and took steps to ensure that what they had

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experienced didn't happen again. They are no longer using this

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mortuary for family visits. But the family and their MSP are concerned

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that there may be other mortuaries in Scotland that provide a similarly

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dismal book for grieving families. I think the family who have been

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through the river kicks principally to identify the body of a loved one

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in mortuary facilities that are wholly inappropriate, below

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standards, they want to not have any other family in Scotland go through

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that and I agree now is the time to ensure standards of other mortuaries

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that and I agree now is the time to in Scotland I checked. The MSP is to

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the issue in Hollywood, can mortuaries to be checked to sure

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they reach acceptable standards. It felt so wrong, and nobody should

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have that lack of dignity and respect, either for the living of

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the deceased. And if the position was that there, what was it like

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across the rest of Scotland? The Princess Royal has

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cancelled her public engagements next week because she is "feeling

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unwell", Buckingham Palace has said. Princess Anne, who's 66,

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is understood to have had tests at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

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on Wednesday. Buckingham Palace said the Queen's

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daughter had been suffering from a bad chest infection and had

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cancelled her engagements She's been staying at Balmoral,

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the Queen's Aberdeenshire residence. Tens of thousands of people

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across Scotland are waiting to rent a house from a council

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or a housing association. Some are in temporary

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accommodation, others living Our local government correspondent

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Jamie McIvor has been investigating Tenderness agent she would ever be

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homeless. Her marriage broke up and later a serious medical condition

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stopped her from working. She is living in a flat until a more

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suitable place to rent becomes available. The bottom line was I had

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to sell my house, and when you have to do that, you have to do that, you

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realise, I can't go and find another job. I'm not well enough to be doing

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Y, Z. Living on the ninth floor can be a serious problem for someone who

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uses a wheelchair. While temporary accommodation of any sort is far

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from ideal. All other positions have been in storage for a year and a

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half now. Just now what I'm sitting with is second-hand goods. Stories

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like Linda's may challenge misconceptions about who might

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become homeless. Across Scotland 30,000 households became homeless

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last year. Sleeping rough is just the tip of the iceberg. The vast

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majority of homeless people do have a roof over their head. In Aberdeen

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almost 5000 households are in temporary accommodation. Who becomes

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homeless? Because of them to anybody, that's the resounding

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message I want to get across, because we work with a wide

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diversity of people. One person this charity is working with is Carol

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Ann. Soon she hopes to have a permanent home. Another charity is

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giving her accommodation and teaching the new skills, something

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that can help self-esteem. I'd like to have my own home but the row they

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are doing it, they are preparing new from moving into your own house,

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just giving you a house putting you in with no support can be could end

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up back to square one. The Scottish Government wants 35,000 new rented

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homes within five years but 160,000 are on the waiting list. Of reasons.

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Campaigners worry those in temporary accommodation can easily become

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A British Airways flight from London to Florida had to divert to Boston

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because of a "disruptive" Scots passenger on board.

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The flight left London Gatwick yesterday but diverted

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to Boston's Logan Airport after the pilot reported

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a passenger was intoxicated, and had been abusive

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The plane was met by police, who said the man would be summoned

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to court for interfering with a flight crew.

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Let's get the weekend weather outlook.

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What a miserable end to the day it was but the cat that sunset! You

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know what they say about red sky at night. Tomorrow, the improved edge.

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A few light showers, well broken cloud and some decent spells of

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sunshine. Across the UK as a whole, the wet weather we have seen today

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is still with us across the the wet weather we have seen today

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South-East, down towards the Isle of Wight. West and north, reasonably

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dry but we will have the lion's share of the sunshine tomorrow. By

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mid-afternoon, plenty of sunshine for most, the chance of one or two

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light rain showers but you will be unlucky to catch one. More likely to

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catch a shower in the North-West, but nothing quite like the show was

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on the wet weather we saw here today, nowhere near as heavy.

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Generally dry for the Northern Isles. Showers in the West starting

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to Pepper, the rumble of thunder, those likely to last overnight into

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Sunday, but for Sunday itself, high-pressure meaning try unsettled

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weather -- dry and settled weather. For most of Sunday, dry and bright

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but the cloud will build in the West, temperatures similar. Then the

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but the cloud will build in the rain arrives later in the day and

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certainly overnight. The low pressure system sweeping the way in

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Sunday night, bringing a spell of very heavy rain and very high winds.

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That is it. Our next update is tomorrow evening. From all of us,

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good night.

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