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Sinclair took me out driving near where World's End victims were left; Former girlfriend got 'eerie feeling' as she returned to old haunts with police, double murder trial is told.

Byline: ALAN MCEWEN reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

WORLD'S End murder accused Angus Sinclair took a girlfriend driving near the places were the bodies of Christine Eadie and Helen Scott were later dumped, the trial heard yesterday.

Police took Carolyn Mitchell to East Lothian to see if she could recall the places she and Sinclair visited.

And she told them she got "a real eerie feeling" as they went round a sharp bend on the Coates to Huntington Road, jurors heard.

Carolyn told police Sinclair once took the same corner and she "fell" into him as he drove round it.

The body of 17-year-old Helen Scott was found in a field at Coates Farm.

Retired detective Joan Shanks, who went on the drive with Carolyn, told the jury the corner was two to three minutes from the field.

The court heard Sinclair and Carolyn also went to Port Seton. Shanks said it is on the road to Gosford Bay, near Aberlady, where the body of Christine Eadie, also 17, was found.

Sinclair, now 69, denies beating, binding, gagging, raping and murdering both girls, who were last seen at Edinburgh's World's End pub on October 15 1977. They were found dead in East Lothian next day. da Carolyn said she went driving with Sinclair in 1970 or 1971. She died in 2009 but her police statement was read in court.

She said she met Sinclair in a cafe in Edinburgh while living in a hostel.

They had sex for the first time six months into the relationship. He was "very gentle and never rough" and only got angry with her once, when she cooked chips with cold fat.

Carolyn said she learned Sinclair had a wife, and didn't see him any more after telling him she was pregnant.

Recalling her drive with Sinclair to Port Seton, Carolyn told police they met two brothers at a hotel. She identified the "smaller" brother from photos as Gordon Hamilton. Sinclair is accused of murdering Christine and Helen while acting with brother-in-law Hamilton, now dead.

Carolyn said the brothers used a blue rope to show Sinclair how to tie knots, as he didn't know "sailor ties".

Earlier, knot expert Rodger Ide told jurors at the High Court in Livingston that Helen and Christine were probably tied up by two different people. He said whoever tied Christine's wrists with tights and gagged her with a knotted bra in her mouth used reef knots. But a ligature made from tights and used on Helen's neck was tied in a common granny knot.

Ide, 72, looked at the five ligatures used on the girls. He said reef knots were "neater" and "less common" and it was likely the person who tied Christine had "some knot tying ability". Ide added: "None of the knots with Helen Scott showed any skill."

But he said: "I don't want to overstate the strength of my evidence. I think it's likely they were tied by two people but I could not say for sure."

Ide said there was some evidence Christine struggled but none that Helen tried to resist. He said Helen's hands were tied with a belt and she may have been "intimidated".

Retired dental expert Dr Howard Moodie told the court a mark on Christine's left arm may have been caused by an "aggressive" human bite. The trial continues.

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MURDERED Helen and Christine. Left, Sinclair denies all charges

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