Mary Logie murder trial: Victim ‘spoke well of accused’

Mary Logie
Mary Logie

THE SON of an elderly woman who prosecutors claim was murdered has told a court how his mum always spoke “favourably” about her alleged attacker.

Ronald Logie, 60, told jurors that Sandra Weir, 41, helped his 82-year-old mother Mary with tasks around her house in Leven.

The trial started at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Comp

The trial started at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Comp

The High Court in Edinburgh heard on Monday that Mr Logie’s family gave Ms Weir a bottle of whisky as Christmas present in December 2015.

Mr Logie, of Yorkshire, told the court that Mary would phone him every week and never had a bad word to say about Ms Weir.

He was speaking on the first day of proceedings against Ms Weir who allegedly murdered Mary at her home at Greengates, Leven on January 5, 2016.

Prosecutors claim that Weir murdered Mary by repeatedly striking her on the head and body with a rolling pin.

When Ms Weir’s lawyer Murray Macara QC asked how his mother spoke about Ms Weir, Mr Logie said: “Always favourably.”

Mr Logie, a retired IT security consultant, was the first witness called during the trial.

Jurors had earlier heard the contents of a legal document detailing the eight charges against Ms Weir, whose address was given in legal documents as being a prisoner of HMP Edinburgh.

She denies charges of murder, drug possession, fraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

On Monday, Mr Logie told prosecution lawyer Alex Prentice QC that his mum was an “independent” woman who enjoyed socialising with friends and going to pantomimes.

However, in recent years Mrs Logie had developed issues surrounding her “mobility.”

During the festive season last year, Mrs Logie was briefly admitted to hospital after taking ill at his home.

He told the court that Ms Weir was his mum’s neighbour and that she often helped her with tasks around her house in Leven.

Mr Logie told Mr Macara that he spoke to his mum weekly on the phone and that she spoke in favourable terms about her relationship with Ms Weir.

He said that his family gave Ms Weir a Christmas present just before Mary left Leven to spend the festive season with him and his partner in Yorkshire.

He said: “We gave her a bottle of whisky.”

Jurors also heard that in recent years Mary started to develop issues surrounding her ability to cope with money.

Mr Logie told Mr Prentice: “Money went missing and she could not explain it.”

Mr Logie told the court of two occasions in which his mother had problems with money.

The first was in summer 2015 when she visited Wales on a coach trip.

The court heard that on the night before she left, she contacted Mr Logie to tell him that she had lost her purse after visiting a supermarket in Leven.

Mr Logie travelled to Wales to meet his mum as she arrived at her hotel. He gave her £120 in cash so she could buy things.

The court also heard that when Mary visited Mr Logie and his partner in Yorkshire at Christmas 2015, she was going to give the pair cards containing cash.

However, Mr Logie told the court that when she arrived at his home, the Christmas cards containing the money had gone missing. Mr Logie told the court that his mum was “distressed”.

He said that he carried out a search of his car but couldn’t find the cards.

Mr Logie told the court that he took his mum home to Leven on January 1 2016. He then carried out another search for the cards.

He added: “I took her back in my car on the 1st January this year. When I arrived I searched high and low and I could find no trace of the cards.”

Weir, a prisoner of HMP Edinburgh, has pleaded not guilty to a total of eight charges.

At the start of proceedings the jury of nine men and six women were read the contents of a legal document detailing the charges against her.

Prosecutors claim that on various occasions between April 1 2010 and January 17 2016, at various locations in Leven, Weir had heroin in her possession.

Prosecutors also allege that on various occasions between April 1 2010 and January 5 2016, at Greengates in Leven, Weir stole a “quantity of correspondence” and a “quantity of greeting cards containing money”. Jurors later heard that the address in Greengates was Mary’s house.

It is also alleged that Weir stole “unknown” quantities of money, two rings and a “bank card or bank cards in the name of Mary Duncan Kerr Logie” and that she also attempted to steal a cheque book.

The charge claims that on various occasion between December 11 2014 and January 4 2016, at various locations in Leven, Weir “did force open a lock fast automated cash machine” by using a bank card and PIN number belonging to “Mary Duncan Kerr Logie”. Prosecutors claim that Weir stole £4,460.

The fourth charge states that between December 29, 2014 and December 7 2015, Weir did at a supermarket at the Broom shopping centre in Leven, pretend to employees that she lawfully held a debit card in the name of Mrs Logie.

It is alleged that she committed fraud in that she “tendered” the card and did “induce” employees to accept the card and paid for goods worth £314.33.

The fifth charge states that on various occasions between October 1 2015 and January 5 2016, at B&M Bargains in Riverside Road, Leven, Weir pretended to customers and staff that she was authorised to collect cash for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The charge alleges that she induced people to give cash to her and she didn’t pass the money onto the charity.

The sixth charge states that on January 5 2016 at Greengates, Weir assaulted Mrs Logie at her home and repeatedly struck her on the head and body with a rolling pin “or similar instrument” and that she did “murder her”.

Prosecutors also claim that on January 5 2016, Weir cleaned blood from a floor at Greengates and disposed of and washed clothing and “footwear” that she wore during the alleged attack.

The document read to jurors states that Weir carried out these actions “to conceal and destroy evidence and to avoid detection, arrest and prosecution”.

Prosecutors claim that she did this with the “intent to defeat the ends of justice” and that she did “thus attempt to defeat the ends of justice”.

The final charge states that on January 6 2016, at various locations in Leven, Weir attempted to pervert the course of justice by providing items of clothing to two detective constables.

Prosecutors claim that Weir did “falsely state” that she had worn the items on January 5 2016. The indictment states that “the truth being that you had worn other clothing on said date”.

Prosecutors allege that Weir handed over the items in a bid to avoid “detention, arrest and prosecution”.

Weir’s legal team have lodged a special defence of alibi in relation to the murder charge.

The special defence states that at the time of the alleged murder, Weir was at other locations in the Leven area.

The trial, which is being heard before judge Michael O’Grady QC, continues.