Woman 'suffered puncture wound to neck' at monument to witch burned at stake

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A woman killed at a monument to a dead witch suffered a deep puncture wound to the neck, a court heard.

Jordan Johnstone, 25, and Angela Newlands, 19, both deny murdering Annalise Johnstone, 22, at Maggie Wall’s memorial – an eerie monument to a witch in Perthshire, Scotland.

A jury at the High Court in Livingston heard agreed evidence on Friday that the cause of Annalise’s death was a deep puncture wound to her neck which severed vital veins and arteries and caused death within a few minutes.

The prosecution and defence confirmed Johnstone’s car was near the monument at the time Annalise was attacked on May 10 last year, the Daily Record reported.

Police at the scene of the killing in May last year

Jurors were told they would hear recordings of a 999 call made by two hillwalkers to police on May 12 and another of a call made by Johnstone in the early hours of May 11.

The sources of samples taken for forensic reports were also agreed as was the timing of CCTV footage prepared for the trial by police.

In addition to murder, both accused are charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice to avoid detection, arrest and prosecution for the killing.

It’s alleged they transported Annalise’s lifeless body in Johnstone’s Ford Galaxy from the memorial and dumped her behind a stone dyke at the side of the B8062 road between Auchterarder and Dunning.

It’s also alleged they then cleaned the vehicle, set fire to unknown material connected with the murder and falsely reported Annalise to police as a missing person.

Johnstone is also accused of assaulting Annalise two days before she died by pulling her from his Ford Galaxy in Beith, Ayrshire, on May 8.

Jordan Johnstone, 25, and Angela Newlands, 19, both deny murder

He is also charged with stealing a Hobby caravan and its contents from Carmichael Place, Irvine, on May 9.

Johnstone and Newlands both face an additional charge of assaulting Nadia Johnstone at Bank Street, Coatbridge, on May 6 last year.

The prosecution alleges the pair threatened Nadia with knives, attempted to strike her on the neck with a knife, threw liquid at her and punched her on the head to her injury.

The Crown claims that the charges against Newlands are aggravated by being committed while she was on bail granted at Perth Sheriff Court on April 13 last year.

Both accused deny all the allegations and Newlands has lodged a special defence of alibi, claiming she was somewhere else when the murder was committed.

The first witnesses will give evidence on Tuesday.

Maggie Wall’s memorial, near Dunning, has the words “Maggie Wall burnt here 1657 as a witch” written on it.

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