Zoe murder accused Robert Bayne 'guilty of atrocity'
Jurors at the Zoe Nelson murder trial have been told that the man accused of killing the teenager and burning her body is guilty of "an atrocity".
At the High Court in Edinburgh, prosecutor Lesley Shand QC, said 21-year-old Robert Bayne went to "dreadful lengths" to conceal his crime.
She finished her closing speech by urging jurors to convict him of murder.
Mr Bayne denies killing the 17-year-old near Wishaw last May and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Dismissing the possibility that Ms Nelson had died by accident in a wood near Cambusnethan, North Lanarkshire, Ms Shand said a wad of newspapers appeared to have been placed under her body before the fire was lit.
"In effect a pyre has been built to burn this body," she said.
Ms Shand told the court that Zoe had been lying there with a sheet of plastic over her face and only a murderer would take the dreadful step of setting her on fire.
"Only a murderer would go to those dreadful lengths," she said.
"In all the circumstances, ladies and gentlemen, you should have no difficulty in concluding that Zoe Nelson was the victim of a murderous attack", she added.
The prosecutor also told the jury that although she was inarticulate and an undeniably reluctant witness, Zoe's younger sister, Laura Anne, had been truthful in her account of how she was allegedly shown the badly burned body by Robert Bayne.
The jury was also told that throughout the day there had been a number of witnesses who had seen Mr Bayne, increasingly intoxicated and aggressive, in Zoe's company - in spite of his claims that he had been home alone all day.
Mr Bayne had also tried to blame another man for the murder, Ms Shand said.
"This is a man with a guilty mind who is trying to spread the dirt elsewhere," she said.
The prosecutor also said that Mr Bayne had been telling police "a pack of lies" about the weekend Zoe died.
She added: "These lies, lie after lie after lie, in my submission, are compelling evidence of a guilty mind."
Ms Shand ended her two-hour speech by asking the jury to find Mr Bayne guilty.
The murder charge alleges that in a wooded area near Branchalfield Drive, Cambusnethan, Mr Bayne assaulted Zoe.
He is accused of striking her on the body with a knife, repeatedly hitting her, putting a plastic sheet over her head to restrict her breathing and "by means unknown" injuring her and setting her on fire.
The charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice claims that Mr Bayne washed or disposed of clothes he had worn at the time of the alleged murder, that he disposed of Zoe's mobile phone and that he threatened her sister, Laura Anne Nelson, after showing her the body.
It is also alleged that Mr Bayne, who is from Cambusnethan, tried to blame another man.
The charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice claims that Bayne washed or disposed of clothes he had worn at the time of the alleged murder, that he disposed of Zoe's mobile phone and that he threatened sister Laura Anne Nelson after showing her the body.
The closing speech from Mr Bayne's defence team is expected later.