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Toby Siddique murder trial: Sister bought plane ticket

Mohammed Nadeem Siddique
Image caption Mohammed Nadeem Siddique was shot at a flat in Glenrothes

The sister of a man accused of shooting a businessman bought a plane ticket for her brother the day after the alleged murder, a court has heard.

Tencho Andonov, 28, Deyan Nikolov, 27, and Mo Siddique, 42, are on trial accused of murdering Mr Siddique's brother Toby.

Tsvetlina Andonova told the High Court in Edinburgh she paid for a flight for her brother to return home to Bulgaria.

All three men deny killing Toby Siddique in Glenrothes in October 2010.

The court has heard that at the time of the alleged murder the two brothers were squabbling about a property business they owned.

Miss Andonova said that her brother was at her home in Livingston, West Lothian, on 25 October, the day after Mr Siddique died, when he asked her to buy him a plane ticket to "either Greece or Bulgaria".

She said that Mr Andonov told her he wanted to leave Scotland because he had received bad news about his girlfriend and her father.

When asked by advocate depute John Scullion, prosecuting, how her brother seemed when he asked her to buy the ticket, Miss Andonova said: "He seemed normal. He said he received a message that his girlfriend had been involved in an accident... a car crash. It involved his girlfriend and her father.

"I didn't ask him any questions. It wasn't appropriate to ask any more questions. I don't speak with him about his private life."

Miss Andonova then said she managed to book a ticket on a flight from London Luton Airport to Bulgaria.

Special defences

Mr Andonov then left her home with a packed rucksack. She gave him her mobile phone to take with him.

He was later taken into custody by police probing the circumstances of businessman Toby Siddique's death.

Mohammed Siddique - known as Mo - along with Tencho Andonov and Deyan Nikolov denies murder and conspiracy to murder charges.

The trio also deny attempting to murder security worker David Dalgleish.

Mo Siddique and Mr Andonov have both lodged special defences incriminating Mr Dalgleish for the alleged murder.

Mr Andonov further claims that at the time of the shooting he was in a parked car in Glenrothes.

Mr Nikolov's alibi claims he was at home in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

The trial, before judge Lord Kinclaven, continues.

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