Girlfriend denies ‘amorous’ action with murder accused

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THE partner of an Australian man who was found murdered has told a jury that the last time she saw him alive was when he fled from a house after a scuffle.

Margaret Shedden, 57, told the High Court at Livingston that she and Thomas Allwood had been drinking at the home of Robert Montgomery, after he invited them home from a pub.

When they arrived at the house in Broxburn, West Lothian, she said she hugged his son, Kyle Montgomery, who had just broken up with his girlfriend.

Montgomery, 24, of Winchburgh, West Lothian, denies murdering Mr Allwood, 55, on June 21 this year by stabbing him on the body with a knife.

Mrs Shedden said there was an altercation between Montgomery and Mr Allwood before her partner ran out the back door. Under cross-examination, she denied behaving “amorously” towards the accused.

The trial continues.