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Murder accused claimed Jack Frew 'exposed himself'

Jack Frew
Image caption Jack Frew died from stab wounds to his neck and body

The Jack Frew murder trial has heard claims that the schoolboy exposed himself to the accused shortly before he was stabbed to death.

Psychiatrist Dr Rajan Darjee told the High Court in Glasgow that Craig Roy said the incident had made him furious and he produced a knife.

His next recollection was Jack Frew lying on the ground bleeding.

Mr Roy, 19, admits stabbing the 16-year-old in East Kilbride in May 2010 but denies murdering him.

The court was told that Dr Darjee spoke to Mr Roy in his capacity as a consultant forensic psychiatrist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Dr Darjee said Mr Roy told him he idolised his boyfriend Christopher Hannah and feared he would leave him for someone else and "destroy him socially".

The psychiatrist told the court that Mr Roy had had a sexual encounter with Mr Frew, who was a fellow pupil at Duncanrig High School, East Kilbride, in January 2010 and was terrified Mr Hannah would find out.

Socially destroyed

The court was told Mr Roy described Mr Frew as a "sex pest" and took a kitchen knife with him when he went to meet him at a wooded area in the town, adjacent to Wellelsley Crescent and Mossneuk Road.

Image caption Craig Roy admits stabbing Jack Frew but denies murdering him

Dr Darjee, who has written books and research papers on diminished responsibility and personality disorders, told advocate depute Jennifer Bain, prosecuting, that in his opinion, Mr Roy did not have a mental disorder or a personality disorder.

The psychiatrist said: "Mr Roy told me that Jack Frew led him to a secluded area and exposed himself to him."

The witness said that Mr Roy said he "took out the knife" and was "furious".

His next recollection was Mr Frew lying on the ground bleeding and covered in blood.

At the time of the killing, Mr Roy was 17 and Mr Frew was 16.

Self disgust

Dr Darjee added: "Although he accepts it was him that killed Jack Frew he hasn't any recollection of the incident.

"He struggles to accept he might act that way towards another person. He feels disgusted with himself."

The jury heard that after Mr Frew died, Mr Roy told him he could smell blood and felt Mr Frew was still about.

Dr Darjee said: "This is part of the adjustment to the homicide he committed."

The psychiatrist was asked by Ms Bain if Mr Roy could be suffering from a personality disorder and replied: "I didn't find any evidence, before or after the homicide, that makes me feel he reaches the threshold for a personality disorder.

"Mr Roy does not meet the criteria for personality disorder.

"There is evidence of some personality traits, but we all have some traits."

The court also heard from Dr John Crichton, a consultant forensic psychiatrist and clinical director at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, who was one of a number of psychiatrists who examined Mr Roy.

Dr Crichton told prosecutor Ms Bain that he asked Mr Roy why he had taken a weapon with him when he went to meet Mr Frew.

'Last resort'

He added: "Mr Roy said he decided to take a knife as a last resort to show he was serious. A knife symbolises power.

"He said he did not carry a knife habitually and he was against knife crime. His last measure was to use a knife to threaten Jack and make his position clear."

Dr Crichton said that Mr Roy claimed that Mr Frew was a sex pest and was blackmailing him by threatening to tell his lover Mr Hannah that he had cheated on him.

The psychiatrist said that Mr Roy claimed that Mr Frew exposed himself as they entered a secluded wooded area.

He said he told Mr Frew to "put it away" and he did.

Dr Crichton added: "He remembered having the knife out after that. After the assault took place he phoned Chris."

Blackmail claim

Ms Bain asked: "Did Mr Roy indicate that he had had trouble getting Mr Frew to listen to his requests to leave him alone?"

Dr Crichton replied: "Yes. He told him he wanted a monogamous relationship with Chris. He said Mr Frew was blackmailing him by threatening to tell Christopher Hannah about him being unfaithful."

Mr Roy also told the psychiatrist that he would avoid chemistry lessons at school where Mr Frew sat next to him, and claimed he was being "sexually harassed" by him.

Dr Crichton told the court that he looked at Mr Roy's school reports and found them "unremarkable", but said they revealed no problems.

The trial before Lord Doherty continues.

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