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Siddique murder trial: Conspiracy charge dropped

Mohammed Nadeem Siddique
Image caption Mohammed Nadeem Siddique, who was known as Toby, was shot at a flat in Glenrothes

A Fife businessman accused of ordering the death of his brother has had a conspiracy charge withdrawn.

Toby Siddique, 38, was gunned down in a flat in Glenrothes in October 2010.

Advocate depute John Scullion on Wednesday withdrew the conspiracy charge and a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Mo Siddique, Tencho Andonov, 28, and Deyan Nikolov, 27, still deny charges of murdering Toby Siddique and attempting to murder David Dalgleish.

They are on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

It was alleged the trio had discussed "practical arrangements" for the hit, offered Mr Andonov cash for pulling the trigger and had planned to lure Toby Siddique, 38, into a trap with the offer of cut-price contraband cigarettes and vodka.

The long-running trial, which began last October, has heard how Toby Siddique was gunned down in the home of former security man Mr Dalgleish, 44, on 24 October 2010.

Judge Lord Kinclaven has begun hearing legal arguments and jurors have been sent home until Friday when they will learn whether Mo Siddique and Mr Andonov and Mr Nikolov will tell their side of the story.

The trial has heard that the brothers had fallen out over the future of Moncrieff Properties, a company they shared which rented out flats in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy.

The trial continues.

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