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Accused 'witnessed attack' on law chief Leslie Cumming

Leslie Cumming
Image caption The court has heard the DNA evidence was "as good as it gets"

A man accused of attempting to murder a senior law official said he witnessed the attack.

Robert Graham, 46, said he tried to help Leslie Cumming, the former deputy chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland, when he was assaulted by another man on 23 January 2006.

Mr Graham told the High Court in Edinburgh: "I did not assault him, I stopped him getting a bigger hiding."

Mr Graham denies all the charges against him.

He told the court he was in a lane behind the victim's house in the belief he was going to obtain a false passport.

Mr Graham said he was in a lane in the Ravelstone, Murrayfield area with another man called "Gogs" when the attack happened.

The court previously heard the DNA evidence found on Mr Cumming and linking Mr Graham to the attack was "as good as it gets".

The trial before judge John Morris continues.

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