Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Ex policeman on trial for suppressing evidence in murder case

A former policeman has gone on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh accused of illegally suppressing evidence in a murder investigation.

It is claimed Richard Munro, 53, told prosecutors Andrew Forsyth was murdered in Dunfermline on 3 November, 1995.

However, during the investigation, the police allegedly uncovered evidence which suggested Mr Forsyth was still alive on 3 November.

Munro has pled not guilty and lodged a special defence of incrimination.

It states that four other people - and not Mr Munro - suppressed the information about the time of Mr Forsyth's death from crown office briefs.

Convictions were secured against Billy Allison,47, and Steven Johnston,48, for the murder.

Prosecution lawyers say Munro's supposed actions deprived the lawyers acting for the two men of mounting an effective defence for them.

He is charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

At the beginning of proceedings, the jury heard the contents of a 10-page indictment which detailed the allegations facing the former Fife Constabulary officer.

Prosecutors say he submitted information to them which he knew was incorrect or misleading.

Munro is also said to have altered or arranged to have altered statements which were made by people who had information about Mr Forsyth's death.

It is also claimed that Munro did not submit witness statements to the procurator fiscal's office in Dunfermline and of failing to tell the procurator fiscal of information provided to the police.

The trial before Lord Doherty continues.

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