Body-in-bin murder case: bloodstains discovered at Edinburgh house

BLOODSTAINS were discovered at a house where a Stevenage woman’s body was found in a wheelie bin, a murder trial jury heard today (Wednesday).

Scotland’s High Court heard how the stains were uncovered during 17 days of careful searching in October 2009 after the body of Samantha Wright was discovered in a green bin on the patio at an Edinburgh address.

The Archer Road resident had been living in the city and was reported missing by her family the following January - on what would have been her 25 birthday.

Robert Chalmers, 59, who lived at the house in Magdalene Drive, denies murdering the former Bedwell and Nobel School pupil at the address on June 12, 2008, and hiding the body as part of an attempt to cover up the alleged crime.

Force support officer Robert Young told the High Court how he helped police experts, a forensic archeologist and an insect expert to comb Chalmers’ address.


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Blood was discovered on the handle of the patio doors and on two of the slabs making up the patio.

In the smaller of two bedrooms, blood was found on the slats and mattress of a single bed and there was blood on a wardrobe in the other bedroom.

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The trial continues.

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