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Fraserburgh baby death accused said birth was nonsense

Police at death scene
Image caption Ineta Dzinguviene allegedly murdered baby Paulius Dzingus in Fraserburgh

A woman accused of murdering her newborn son told her husband it was "nonsense" that she had given birth, a court has heard.

Ineta Dzinguviene, 26, denies asphyxiating her son with clear plastic food wrapping on the day he was born.

Arunas Dzingus, 28, told the High Court in Livingston his wife denied having a baby.

Mr Dzingus, who was assisted by a translator, said he discovered the following day that a baby had died.

Ms Dzinguviene, a Lithuanian national, is alleged to have murdered the baby, later named Paulius Dzingus, in the Aberdeenshire fishing port's High Street on 12 April last year.

Giving evidence for a second day, Mr Dzingus said: "I asked her whether she gave birth because people said she had.

"She said she hadn't and they were speaking nonsense."

Mr Dzingus said he later found police at their home.

DNA results

Advocate depute Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, asked: "Did police say your wife had had a baby?"

He replied "Yes. They told me she gave birth and then murdered the baby. They told me everything."

Forensic pathologist Dr James Grieve told the court he found what appeared to be blood-stained cling film when he examined the baby's body at the scene.

He said DNA results proved it was the baby of Ms Dzinguviene and Mr Dzingus, and that the body was cold - suggesting the baby had been dead for many hours.

The trial continues.

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