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Byline: Wilma Riley

A BLOODSTAIN found in the flat where missing financial adviser Lynda Spence was allegedly held and tortured matched her DNA, a court was told yesterday.

Forensic scientist Nighean Stevenson said the chance of the blood belonging to anyone else was a billion to one.

Colin Coats, 42, David Parker, 38, Paul Smith, 47, and Philip Wade, 42, deny abducting, torturing and murdering Lynda at a flat in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, between April 14 and 28, 2011.

Dr Stevenson told Solicitor General Lesley Thomson about a blood swabbing taken from the linoleum beside the flat's bath.

Dr Stevenson said: "A DNA profile was obtained that matched the DNA profile of Lynda Spence."

She added that the probability of finding someone else to match that profile was "one in one billion".

The court was shown a photo of the bloodstain which was beside the bath panel which was broken and pushed in at one side.

Miss Thomson asked: "If the bath panel had been fitted correctly, would the bloodstain have been visible?" Dr Stevenson replied: "It may have been covered by the bath panel."

Speaking about the bloodstain, Dr Stevenson said: "It had a diluted appearance and it had likely been smeared where it was. I couldn't say scientifically what it had been diluted with."

The court was told the inside of the bath's overflow pipe was examined and spots which looked like blood and tested positive for blood were examined but no DNA profile could be obtained.

The jury were told that it was possible the staining found was human blood or animal blood.

The jury in the trial is down to 14 people.

Yesterday, judge Lord Pentland told the jurors: "Your number has now been reduced from 15 to 14.

"This is something the law allows the court to do. It is neither necessary nor appropriate to say why this decision has been taken."

The trial at the High Court in Glasgow continues.


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Date:Feb 7, 2013
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