Nat Fraser trial: Court told of secret Hector Dick recording
Published: 1st May 2012 14:38:59
The Arlene Fraser murder trial has been hearing details of a secret police recording of one of the witnesses.
Mrs Fraser vanished from her Elgin home in 1998. Hector Dick was giving evidence at the trial of her husband Nat Fraser, who denies killing her.
The High Court in Edinburgh was told Mr Dick advised another man to keep quiet to police about the purchase of a car.
Inquiries into the disappearance of Mrs Fraser included the search for a beige Ford Fiesta.
The court heard how police seeking the car - which they thought might be the key to the case - arranged the recording.
In evidence last week, Mr Dick, of Mosstowie, near Elgin, told the court that Mr Fraser had asked him to source a cheap car, which he said he did.
During investigations, officers fitted second-hand car dealer Kevin Ritchie, who sold the car to farmer Mr Dick, with a wire.
In court, defence QC John Scott quizzed Mr Dick about a 55-page transcript of the conversation which followed in January 1999.
I ran off at the mouth and I shouldn't have done”
During the chat, Mr Dick told Mr Ritchie to say nothing to police about the car, saying that he would deny everything himself and say he could not remember.
Asked if that was what he was doing in court to avoid telling the truth, Mr Dick said it was not.
In the recording, Mr Dick also turned to the publicity which followed Mrs Fraser's disappearance.
"They were on about Arlene being a goody-goody but she is a jumped-up wee critter, same as her mother," Mr Dick said.
Mr Dick then said Mrs Fraser could be "down in Hamilton next door to her mother" or she could be in Majorca.
Previously Mr Dick has claimed Mr Fraser confessed to hiring a hitman, then burning her body, grinding her teeth and scattering the remains.
Mr Scott, referring to the January 1999 recording, said: "This is after you have been told Arlene is dead, she is ashes and dust."
Mr Dick claimed he was simply being cautious when speaking to Mr Ritchie. He added: "I ran off at the mouth and I shouldn't have done."
Mr Dick also denied burying animals on his farm to test the effectiveness of heat-seeking equipment police might have been using to search for Mrs Fraser's body.
Mr Fraser, 53, denies all the charges against him.
It is alleged that he strangled or murdered his wife "by other means to the prosecutor unknown" between 28 April and 7 May 1998.
He has lodged special defences of alibi and incrimination.
Mr Fraser also alleges that if his wife was murdered, as prosecutors claim, the man responsible could be Mr Dick.
The court has heard of an earlier trial in 2003 when Mr Dick had been one of three men accused of murder, but had left the dock and given evidence for the prosecution.
The trial, before judge Lord Bracadale, continues.
At 17:05:48 in SportLeicester City manager Nigel Pearson insists he is not worried about his unresolved contract situation.
At 16:55:25 in SportHead coach Garry Monk says he will not consider his own future until Swansea City secure Premier League survival.
At 16:52:24 in EnglandA father whose son's life "ended abruptly" at Hillsborough had his dreams cut short through the "failures of others", an inquest was told.
At 16:52:17 in SportFormer Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing believes the entire city would be lifted if the Reds end their 24-year wait to win the league title.
At 16:51:11 in BusinessThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants minimum age restrictions and health warnings on e-cigarettes.
At 16:48:47 in HeadlinesJust two months ago the message on Syria was very simple.
At 16:44:30 in Northern IrelandA nurse in the Republic of Ireland who admitted taping a patient's mouth to keep him quiet has been given the Probation Act.
At 16:44:14 in ScotlandScottish retailer Scotmid has warned it does not anticipate "a meaningful retail upturn" this year after reporting a slump in operating profits.
At 16:38:29 in ScotlandPolice have appealed for witnesses after a man was assaulted in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh on Easter Monday.
At 16:37:22 in WalesA boy accused of raping a fellow pupil at a north Wales primary school has told a jury the alleged attack never happened.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Nat Fraser trial: Court told of secret Hector Dick recording [Online] (Updated 1st May 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1425757/Nat-Fraser-trial-Court-told-of-secret-Hector-Dick-recording [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
Scottish retailer Scotmid has warned it does not anticipate "a meaningful retail upturn" this year after reporting a slump in operating profits.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants minimum age restrictions and health warnings on e-cigarettes.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said David Cameron is "right" to state that the UK is a "Christian country".
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
A Moscow court has extended the house arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by another six months for violating its conditions.
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson insists he is not worried about his unresolved contract situation.