The wife of a man accused of killing his three-year-old son and the boy’s mother asked police why he was being questioned, as he “never stabbed him or whatever happened to him”, a court said. Heard.
However, 80-year-old Rosemary McDowell insisted that her remarks were made at the “motivation of the moment” and “didn’t make sense”.
The witness was giving evidence in the case against her husband, Penrith, 80, Cumbria, who is accused of murdering her son, three-year-old Andrew McRae, and the child’s mother, Renee McRae, 36. , in November 1976.
Mrs McDowell testified in the High Court in Inverness for more than an hour on Tuesday, telling the jury that the couple and their two daughters kept horses at their home in Narnside, near Inverness, and that the animals fled on the evening of 12 November 1976.
She told the gamblers that when her husband came home and left the gate open, the horses would have jumped out of their paddock, “whenever he was going to unload whatever was in the back of his car”.
The witness told the court that he had at first thought it was wood he was taking off, but said it was boxes of nails.
Mrs McDowell has made several statements to police since Mrs McRae’s disappearance, the court was told, with a prosecutor stating that the jury was taken on the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of the mother and son.
He told the detectives: “I don’t know what you’re doing to me. I’ve never stabbed him nor anything that happened to him.”
Mrs McDowell said she commented on the “motivation of the moment” to police.
Advocate deputation Alex Prentiss Casey asked her: âThe inspiration of the moment? This is an investigation, a comprehensive investigation into the disappearances of Renee McRae and Andrew McRae.”
Mrs McDowell told the court it was “just a remark” she had made, and “it didn’t make sense”.
Mr Prentiss asked if she knew Mrs McRae had been stabbed, and Mrs McDowell told the court she did not know.
“It turned out just like one gets angry,” she said.
The court also heard how she asked her husband to leave a police interview in Inverness in December 1976, where she asked a police cadet to speak to McDowell and that her husband should leave.
McDowell, 80, is accused of assaulting Mrs McRae and Andrew at Dalmagary Laby on the A9 trunk road south of Inverness, or elsewhere, by undisclosed means, and killing them as a result.
He is also accused of disposing of his body and belongings by unknown means.
McDowell has denied all charges and filed a special defense of guilt and alibi, some of which claim that he arrived home on 12 November 1976 at around 8.15 a.m. where he remained until the next morning.
During her interrogation, Mrs. McDowell was asked if she had protective clothing that McDowell had found from job sites. He told the court that they would have protective clothing on the property as they kept horses.
The court heard that the family was about to go out for dinner that evening, but their plans were canceled. Then he made dinner for himself and the children, the court was told, and then the two girls watched TV.
Mrs McDowell will continue to testify at trial on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, the High Court heard from Martin Shand, who was studying at the Dundee College of Technology when the mother and son went missing.
He told the jury that on the evening of 12 November 1976 he was being taken home by a friend and another student when they passed Dalmagary Laby on the A9 near Inverness, where a burned-out BMW car owned by the missing woman was discovered. was done. ,
The 65-year-old said that Laby “had a certain reputation for loving couples”, and that he was being driven by her between 7.30am and 8pm that evening.
The retired engineer told the court: âWe crossed Laby at a very low speed as the road surface had deteriorated due to roadwork. Maybe at walking speed.”
Mr Shand said there were two vehicles in the labyrinth. âThe first one was a light-colored BMW. The second one was a Volvo,â he said.
The court has previously heard that McDowell was issued with Volvo as his company car.
Mr Shand said he “saw two men with their backs to the main road”. He told the jury: “It’s conjecture, but I would say that by construction it was two male individuals.”
After his passing, Mr Prentice was told, Mr Shand spoke to people in the car about their encounter and said he believed it was “some kind of social encounter”.
Ninety-year-old Nan McDougall told the court that as she was traveling from Edinburgh to her home in Inverness, she saw someone on the side of the road.
âIt was a very, very bad night. Water was pouring down the road until the gravel washed over the road. A dastardly night, indeed,â she told the court.
âIt was a slow journey and somewhere up in the Highlands I saw someone walking towards me,â she said, adding that the man was pushing a pushchair about a 30-minute drive outside Inverness.
“I thought it was very unusual for someone to be out with a child in such dire circumstances,” the court was told.
The trial continues before Lord Armstrong.
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