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25-Apr-17, 18:45
Two will travel by speedboat and plane to give evidence in court
WITNESSES from Southeast Asia will travel thousands of miles to give evidence in a trial involving alleged fire-raising at a luxury Scots castle hotel.
This emerged today while preparations for the case were being updated at Wick Sheriff Court.
Travel arrangement are being finalised for the two prosecution witnesses from Cambodia and it is thought the overall cost of bringing them to court, is likely to run into thousands of pounds. A video link had been mooted earlier but dismissed.
Fiscal Fraser Matheson said the long-distance journey will involve a speed boat and a number of flights.
Accused is Edinburgh man Brendon MacNamara 36, who has pleaded not guilty.
It is alleged that fire, on January 5, 2014, ignited a carpet, a painting and a quantity of paper causing extensive damage to the contents of a cellar and smoke damage to Ackergill Tower,
near Wick.
The trial before a jury, on June 5, is expected to last two weeks. Two scientists and an expert witness are among the witnesses scheduled to give evidence for the defence.
A joint minute, agreeing certain evidence between the prosecution and the defence is being considered, which might shorten the trial.
McNamara, of 24 Baillie Terrace, Edinburgh had his bail continued at the close of proceedings yesterday.
It is hoped that a final update on trial preparations will be given on May 24.