Trio found guilty of murder of Toby Siddique

Tencho Andonov
Tencho Andonov

A KIRKCALDY businessman has been found guilty of murdering his own brother.

Mo Siddique (42), was one of three men found guilty by a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday (Wednesday) of the murder of Toby Siddique who was gunned down in a Glenrothes flat in 2010.

Deyan Nikolov

Deyan Nikolov

His co-accused, Bulgarians Tencho Andonov (28), and Deyan Nikolov (27), were also found guilty of the murder of Toby (38) at a flat in Forres Drive, Glenrothes on October 24, 2010.

Andonov was also found guilty of the attempted murder of former security guard David Dalgleish, who was injured in the incident.

All three men had denied the charges against them.

After two and a half days of deliberating - having gone out on Monday - the jury returned the guilty verdicts yesterday afternoon.

Mo Siddique'Guilty of murder of brother

Mo Siddique'Guilty of murder of brother

In October last year, at the beginning of the trial, David Dalgleish (44), had told the jury how he “played dead” when a gunman opened fire in his flat.

The trial had heard father-of-three Toby Siddique went to the address on October 24, hoping to buy cheap contraband cigarettes, but instead a gun was pressed against his nose and fired.

In court, Mr Dalgleish identified Andonov as the man who pulled the trigger.

Ongoing row

It had been alleged that Mo Siddique ordered the murder because of an ongoing row with his brother over the future of a lucrative letting business, Moncrieff Properties.

Mo, who spent six days in the witness box telling his side of the story, claimed that at the time of the shooting he fell asleep while watching X Factor at his girlfriend’s home in Kinghorn.

Neither of the two Bulgarian accused gave evidence.

Initially the trio had been facing other charges, including conspiracy and attempting to defeat the ends of justice, however these had been withdrawn during proceedings.

The jury found Mo Siddique and Nikolov guilty of murder by majority verdict, while Andonov was unanimously found guilty on the same charge.

He was found guilty of the attempted murder of Dalgleish by majority verdict.

Judge Lord Kinclaven warned all three men that there was only one sentence for murder - life imprisonment.

Deferred

However, sentence on Siddique, Andonov and Nikolov has been deferred until March 28 when they will discover the period of time they will have to serve before they could be considered for parole.

Following the verdict, David Green, area procurator fiscal for Fife said the men had committed a “despicable crime”.

He said: “This is a crime motivated by greed.

“A tragic case of brother turning against brother and of a price being put on the victim’s life.

“No violent act should go unpunished and no one who kills for reward should be allowed to escape justice.

“Today Andonov, Siddique and Nikolov have rightly been found guilty for their despicable crimes.

“Today’s conviction is testament to the close co-operation between officers from Fife Constabulary and COPFS [Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service].

“This was a very complex case, the successful prosecution of which reflects dedication and effective communication by staff across both organisations.”

THE convictions of the three men accused of Toby Siddique’s murder have been welcomed by Fife Police.

The jury’s verdicts bring to an end the largest and most complex investigation in the force’s 62-year history.

Detective Superintendent Colin Beattie, head of crime for Fife Constabulary and the man in charge of the case, said the investigation had cost the force in excess of £1.4 million.

At one stage about 80 of the region’s 1400 staff were working on the case.

He said: “ This was a large and extremely complicated investigation, where the identity of the perpetrators was not immediately known.

“This required our staff to engage and work with other law enforcement agencies and partner organisations across the United Kingdom and beyond.

“The securing of evidence in this case presented unique challenges to us, which we overcame through the skill of our committed and dedicated workforce and the assistance provided by our colleagues in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and other police areas.

“Thankfully such crimes are extremely rare in Fife.

“However, these convictions show that, whatever the gravity and magnitude of the crime, police officers and staff of Fife Constabulary, alongside our partners, have the structures and processes in place to respond effectively.

“Finally, I would like to thank the diverse range of communities in Fife for their help and support in solving this case.

“Various nationalities and cultures cut across the investigation and our staff received co-operation and assistance from all concerned.”