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'I stabbed him with a vampire sword and made sure he died' Cop claims murder accused told him how he killed drinking pal

Daily Record logoDaily Record 13/09/2017 Alan McEwen

A murder accused claimed he spent 40 minutes lying next to the body of a man he had stabbed with a sword to “make sure he was dead”, a heard yesterday.

Adrian Hynd, 51, allegedly told a officer he had disarmed Alex Forbes after the 25-year-old attacked him with the ornate weapon adorned with a vampire head design.

A jury heard Hynd admitted to PC Stephen Barnett that he had stabbed Forbes twice. He said he had headbutted the victim several times during a desperate struggle before getting the sword off him.

Hynd, who was covered in blood, told the officer: “If I didn’t have the strength to defend myself, I was f*****”.

Officers handcuffed the accused before taking him to hospital for treatment to cuts to his head and slash-type wounds to his left hand and wrist.

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PC Barnett said during this time Hynd spoke openly of killing Forbes, who he had met only hours earlier in a pub, in self-defence.

Police were called to Hynd’s home in Victoria Road, Kirkcaldy, after the accused had invited three men, including Forbes, for a post-pub .

The other two men left at around 3.45am, leaving Hynd and Forbes alone in the flat, which was decorated with glass cabinets filled with Star Trek memorabilia as well as various knives and swords.

Hynd is on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh accused of murdering Forbes on January 2 by repeatedly stabbing him. He denies the charge and his legal team argue he acted in self-defence.

The court also heard Hynd and Forbes both stripped to the waist for “play fighting”, which ended with the men wrestling on the floor.

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Oil rig nurse John Taylor and his brother-in-law, handyman Marcus Orr, the other two men invited back for a “party”, said they quickly left at this point as events were getting “silly”.

Giving evidence, John, 52, said they met the pair in the town’s Windsor Bar during a New Year’s Day drinking session. They started chatting after Forbes had sung The Wonder of You during a karaoke session.

He said Forbes boasted of being related to an Edinburgh “gangster” called Mr Kelbie and boxing champion Tyson Fury. Forbes tried ringing Fury on a mobile but failed to get a response.

Invited back to Hynd’s nearby flat at closing time at 1am, Forbes, John and Marcus drank from their host’s vodka collection.

John said he paid Hynd £20 for an item of his Star Trek memorabilia to “show an interest”. He added the accused showed him an “almost Gothic” bladed weapon and told him it was worth £700.

Hynd also removed his glass eye during the gathering, he added.

John told the jury Forbes later took off his shirt for a display of boxing techniques while Hynd also stripped to the waist.

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He said: “They were shadow boxing each other. It was play fighting, basically.

“It was getting a bit silly and I was thinking it was time to go soon. We basically stepped over them and left.”

Marcus, 43, told the hearing he wanted to leave once the “kiddie on” fighting started, adding: “We thought we were coming back to a party. We weren’t expecting this.”

Hynd’s upstairs neighbour, Elaine Roberts, 30, told the court she heard shouting and swearing coming from his flat at 3.45am, followed by a man’s screaming. She then heard a loud “painful scream” at 4.25am.

Witnesses described a bald-headed man covered in blood staggering around the street at 4.50am, trying to flag down passing cars. Police arrived at 5.04am.

The trial continues.

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