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World's End murders: Jury in East Lothian for site visit

Christine Eadie and Helen Scott Image copyright PA
Image caption Christine Eadie and her friend Helen Scott were killed in October 1977

The jury in the World's End murder trial has travelled to East Lothian for a site visit.

Jurors asked for the visit so they could see a number of the places associated with the murders of Helen Scott, 17, and Christine Eadie, 17.

The bodies were found in two separate locations in East Lothian the day after they were last seen in the World's End pub on Edinburgh's High Street.

Angus Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering the girls in October 1977.

Judge Lord Matthews told the jury before they left that they were not going there to do their own investigations.

The whole court, including Mr Sinclair, took part in the visit.

Image caption Christine Eadie's body was found at Gosford Bay in Aberlady
Image caption Jurors were also taken to the field near Haddington where Helen Scott's body was discovered

Christine's body was found on the afternoon of 16 October 1977 at Gosford Bay in Aberlady, while Helen's body was discovered later that day in a field near Haddington.

The jurors were taken by coach from the High Court in Livingston on a journey of more than an hour to the first stop in East Lothian - the St Germain railway level crossing.

On Wednesday, the court heard that the visit was taking place at the request of the jurors, who wanted to see certain specific sites for themselves.

Addressing the panel earlier, Lord Matthews said they would be able to take notes on the visit but would not be allowed to carry out their own investigations at the sites.

He added that the route taken by the bus to the different areas was of no particular significance.

Sinclair's special defences are incrimination - blaming his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton, now dead, alibi - saying he was fishing on the banks of the Firth of Forth near Cockenzie power station at the time, and consent to sexual intercourse.

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Image caption An image of Angus Sinclair from 1977, the year in which the girls were killed

Mr Sinclair is alleged to have gagged the girls, bound their wrists and tied a ligature around their necks.

He denies inflicting blunt force injuries on Ms Eadie by repeatedly punching and kicking her on the body and biting her.

He also denies forcing Ms Scott to walk barefoot into a field, ripping the strap from her handbag, repeatedly punching and kicking her on the head and body and stamping on her head.

And he denies stealing clothing, footwear, jewellery and other personal effects from the teenagers in an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.

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