Man accused of murdering Trainspotting actor denies seeing weapon

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A man accused of murdering a Trainspotting T2 actor has denied ever seeing a gun alleged to have been used in the killing.

Bradley Welsh, 48, was fatally shot at his flat in the west end of Edinburgh on April 17 2019.

Sean Orman, 30, had pleaded not guilty to all 15 charges against him, including murder, attempted murder, firearms and drugs offences, and is on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The Crown removed 13 of the charges from the indictment on Wednesday, including assault, drug and driving offences.

Judge Lord Beckett told him he had been acquitted of these allegations.

Orman remains charged with murdering Mr Welsh and the assault and attempted murder of David McMillan in March 2019.

The trial heard later on Wednesday that Orman became aware of a shotgun being linked to him and the killing in September 2020.

Giving evidence, Orman said: “I have never seen it in my life.”

Defence counsel Ian Duguid QC said: “On April 17 2019 had you been on Chester Street in a Ford Kuga and shot and murdered Bradley Welsh?

Bradley Welsh shooting scene
Floral tributes left to Bradley Welsh near the scene of his shooting in April 2019 (PA)

The court was told Orman had been in a vehicle matching that description earlier that day and was then told to collect a car from the Kirknewton area of West Lothian.

The court heard he cycled from his mother’s home to the location during Channel 4 News but there was nothing for him to collect.

He said: “I remember I wasn’t happy that night, I had been left in Kirknewton.

“I wouldn’t get paid and I had been sent on a dummy run.”

Orman also told the court he had not heard of Mr McMillan until the trial got under way.

The 30-year-old denied being at a property in Pitcairn Grove, Edinburgh, on March 13 2019 when the attempted murder was said to have taken place. He said he could not recall where he was.

Orman said: “I can’t remember, I have no reason to remember.”

He claimed to have got involved with being paid to move stolen cars by a man he had met in prison, known as Omar, after his release in February 2019.

Orman had received a five-year jail term for assault and robbery at a bookmakers, the court has heard.

The trial continues.

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