Glasgow murder trial told wife had blood on her hands after husband found dead at home

By Connor Gordon

A woman who allegedly murdered her husband told police ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ a court heard today.

Lorna Middleton, 36, is accused of murdering William Middleton, known as Billy, 38, at their flat in Clydebank on June 26, 2020.

A police officer told jurors at the High Court in Glasgow that she was questioned by Lorna if her husband had died and that she claimed she knew that he was.

Lorna then allegedly asked a separate officer after she was charged for Billy's murder: "So I did it?"

Lorna denies murdering Billy and has lodged a special defence of 'self defence'.

The court heard from PC Emma Chalk, 30, who told jurors in evidence that she kept observations on Lorna after she was arrested at the flat for an old breach of the peace charge.

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The officer stated Lorna - who had blood on her hands - tried to head-butt a colleague while handcuffed, but didn't connect.

PC Chalk said she was tasked with keeping tabs on Lorna who was put in an observation cell.

The officer stated that Lorna vomited on numerous occasions and was later told blood was contained in it.

Prosecutor Derick Nelson asked if Lorna said anything to her while under observation.

The witness replied: "Yes, she said 'How is my husband, is he dead, I know he is dead, I saw his eyes were open just tell me'."

Mr Nelson followed up by asking if Lorna said anything else.

PC Chalk replied: "She made reference to revenge is a dish served cold.

"She said what happened if I murdered the person that murdered my husband, would I go to jail?"

Detective constable Caroline Howatt, 42, stated that she was told later in the morning that Lorna was to be arrested for Billy's murder.

DC Howatt claimed she witnessed Lorna being charged by a senior officer.

Mr Nelson asked if Lorna said anything.

DC Howatt said: "She commented as a question 'So I did it?'."

The officer claimed that Lorna wasn't medically examined by a doctor until 11pm after arriving at 5am in the morning.

The court was told that Lorna was initially deemed "not fit" for interview and taken to hospital by ambulance.

Donald Findlay QC, defending, asked: "She was in police custody from 5am through to 11pm, no one thought to take her to hospital and get the help she needs?"

DC Howatt replied: "It seems to be."

Mr Findlay also revealed that that marks were found on Lorna's neck during her medical examination.

Forensic scientist Sarahjane Reid, 42, told jurors that she examined a blood stained knife recovered from the Middletons flat.

She stated the blood on the handle and blade were one billion times more likely to have belonged to Billy.

Miss Reid claimed Lorna's DNA was found on the handle of the knife.

Mr Nelson asked: "In summary is it to say that the presence of DNA from Lorna Middleton on the blood stated knife could be explained by her holding it and stabbing William Middleton?"

The witness replied: "That's one explanation but there could be other explanations for the findings."

The trial continues before judge Lord Clark.


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