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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:22 pm    Post subject: Jenny Methven Murder Trial  Reply with quote

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news...hven-murder-trial-accused-1234622

THE man accused of murdering 80-year-old Jenny Methven in her country cottage is claiming she was killed by her son.

William Kean, 46, denies murdering Jenny by striking her repeatedly on the head and body with a blunt instrument.

And as his trial began yesterday, he lodged a special defence of incrimination, blaming the crime on Jenny’s son David or unknown others connected to him.

The court heard that Jenny was hit at least 11 times, and the jury of nine women and six men were shown a video of her bloodied body on her kitchen floor.

Forensic scientist Yvonne McLaren, who examined the scene, said Jenny may have been attacked as she sat in a chair in the kitchen of her cottage near Forteviot, Perthshire.

There were pools of blood on the carpet and blood on a wall.

Two bloodsoaked towels were found near the body, and Miss McLaren said Jenny’s head may
have been covered with a towel during the assault.

Prosecution and defence agree that Jenny’s blood was found on Kean’s corduroy trousers.

They also agree that Kean’s bloody fingerprint was found on a phone in Jenny’s kitchen, and that he touched Jenny’s lower right arm on the day of her death, February 20 this year.

The court heard that a pair of corduroys with Jenny’s blood on them and the bottom of one of the pockets cut off were found at Kean’s home a month after Jenny’s death.

Miss McLaren agreed with Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, that one possible reason for cutting the end off a trouser pocket would be to conceal a hammer.

Defence QC Brian McConnachie said that, if Kean was the killer, he had “effectively left his signature” in the form of DNA.

He said to Miss McLaren: “One of the things suggested is that the removal of part of the trouser pocket is to secrete a hammer.”

She replied: “Yes. It is a possibility.”

QC: “The person who has gone to that trouble then effectively left their signature in the cottage.”

Miss McLaren: “Yes.”

QC: “The premeditated plan seems to have run out at the point of wearing gloves.”

Miss McLaren: “Yes.”

Mr McConnachie asked Miss McLaren if Jenny’s attacker would have been covered in blood.

She replied that experiments she and colleagues conducted had shown remarkably little blood.

Mr McConnachie then said: “The pathologists will suggest there are at least 11 separate blows.

“Logic would suggest that the more often you hit into wet blood, the more chance you have of being covered in blood.”

Miss McLaren replied: “Yes.”

As well as the murder charge, Kean is accused of stealing around £15,000 from Jenny’s home last September.

It is further alleged that Kean tried to defeat justice by pouring bleach on a pair of bloodstained trousers, cutting a pocket from the trousers and hiding them in the eaves of a garage in Blairgowrie.

Kean is charged with trying to pervert justice by failing to turn up at a police station to have his fingerprints taken for elimination purposes.

It is also claimed he repeatedly cut his fingertips and palms to stop police taking usable prints.

Kean denies all charges. The trial at the High Court in Glasgow continues
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The alleged £15.000 was never reported to the police and David Methven the Son of the victim did not tell his mother this money was missing.

His excuse for not doing so was that he did not want to frighten her but he went on to install a sophisticated burglar alarm.

He said in evidence today his mother told him a window looked more open than normal and when he searched he noticed 15 grand missing.

I find it very hard to believe he would never mention this to anyone and did not report this to the police.

How can they charge William Kean with stealing this money a year later when there was never any crime reported ?

Another witness for the crown told the court today he changed his mind about seeing William Kean in a Mercedes after police applied presure on him to seeing him in a Peugeot.

The police convinced him it was a Peugeot so he changed his evidence.

The witness also refuted allegations he was a drug dealer along with David Methven and William Kean, Allegations contained within police intelligence reports.

He only bought drugs for himself he said.

There was evidence he sent e-mails about drugs the court heard.

David Methven told the court there was more than £150.000 in the house and a tazer found there was for getting his dogs attention.

David Methven told the court he did not know what the Tazer was.

A small truncheon he kept in many of his cars transferring from one to another was also fo his dog or had been used previously for his dog but then he told the court his mother was the one who always took the dog out walking for hours at a time sometimes.

His mother lived for her dog he said.

I only know this does not sound right to me.

Anyone with a tazer would know what it is used for, and this is the first time I have ever heard of one being used to attract the attention of a dog.

As for a small truncheon like the Police used to carry, well most people only carry these for sinister reasons, usually for fighting or hitting someone with.

There could be no legal reason for carrying such a weapon nor indeed transferring from previous vehicles to the present one in my opinion.

It's a bit like carrying a baseball bat without a baseball only police are allowed to carry truncheon's in this country.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Prosecution and defence agree that Jenny’s blood was found on Kean’s corduroy trousers.

They also agree that Kean’s bloody fingerprint was found on a phone in Jenny’s kitchen, and that he touched Jenny’s lower right arm on the day of her death, February 20 this year.



It really bothers me that no challenges are being made against the fingerprint evidence in this case given what happened with Shirley McKie and the outcome of the McKie enquiry.

It also sounds very similar to the case of Susan May.

It bothers me greatly that no dispute or challenges are being made against the forensic evidence.

It's as if the defence have given up from the start.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Son of Murder Victim Jenny Methven today admitted he had lied about the amount of money within his house.

At one stage he was saying only about 20-30 grand belonged to him yet when confronted with a previous signed statement in which he had said 100 grand was his he did not know what to say.

Mr Kean is charged with stealing 15 grand last year but in evidence Mr Methven said he did not know exactly how much was missing.

Mr Methven denied he offered Mr Kean £90.000 to keep quiet about his mother’s death.

He denied he had contacts with Glasgow criminals when cross examined by Brian McConnachie QC but Alex Prentice QC went as far as to mention the name of someone from the Maryhill area and at this point the Defence asked if Crown would disclose to them if this named person did indeed have any criminal convictions.

The jury were sent out and this named person by Alec Prentice Prosecuting was debated so I will say no more for now.

Mr Methven was also confronted with being a liar to which he readily admitted.

He was confronted with evidence of three women he had been having affairs with at the same time and accused of being able to lie easily to them.

He was also accused of money lending to which he also agreed he had done charging people 20% interest.

He did deny drug dealing but gave no credible account of where the £159.000 found in his mother’s house had come from, of which £17.000 was recovered in the deep freezer.

Some of it came from his late father’s savings some his mother’s savings and the rest his.

He did tell the court he took money out the bank for petty cash for workers but admitted he had never used this money.

Other money he said was wages to himself which he had never spent but exact amounts were really hard to follow as these varied from statement to statement and it wasn't until 32 days after his mother’s death he actually came clean about all the money in the house he told the court.

He did not relate money in the house to his mother’s death despite his room being ransacked with one of his bags been turned outside in and other parts of his room searched.

He did not relate money to his mother’s death despite telling the court 15 Grand was stolen last September.

He told the court also that there was no-one more surprised than him to see William Keen in the dock accused of murdering his mother, as he had never in 20 years heard Mr Kean even raising his voice in anger.

He had never known him to be violent.

Other witnesses had previously told the court the same thing about Mr Kean.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is all beginning to sound a little familiar.

Something is seriously not right in this case and if this man is convicted I can see appeals and SCCRC looming.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I witnessed two witnesses that had already given evidence in this trial speaking to a witness that was still to give evidence.

Whatever happened to segregating witnesses at trials ?

After giving evidence the other day two witnesses were seen in the canteen by me sitting next to a witness that was still to give evidence.

I do not think it is proper for witnesses who have given evidence to be speaking to witness yet to give evidence, and the courts should discourage such a practice.

I could understand fully the difficulty in implementing such when family members are giving evidence but when it does not involve family witnesses this is a different matter.

I witnessed David Methven speaking to 2 witnesses in the canteen that had already given evidence while he was still to give evidence.

They were not family related in any way.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karen wrote
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Something is seriously not right in this case and if this man is convicted I can see appeals and SCCRC looming.

Yep, I have to agree with you Karen
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest news article - Methven trial shown 'suicide note' written by accused
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-19245112
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In the letter he said he was scared of being blamed for something he had never done.


Interesting Allan
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

William kean Found Guilty after only two hours deliberations.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-19322364

Three charges were dropped:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-19270785


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