Gunman’s car ‘spotted outside Trainspotting 2-star Bradley Welsh’s gym eight days before filming’
An escape car used by the gunman who shot Bradley Welsh was seen outside the T2 Trainspotting star’s boxing gym eight days earlier, according to a lawsuit.
CCTV footage of a Ford Kuga circling around the parking lot at Holyrood Boxing Gym in Edinburgh on April 9, 2019 was shown to the jury on Tuesday.
Further footage was released of a Kuga’s movements on April 17 when Welsh was shot at his doorstep in the city’s new town.
The vehicle is seen passing through Welsh’s gate approximately 40 minutes before it was bombarded with a shotgun.
Video surveillance of a Sainsbury’s car park in the Longstone area on the afternoon of filming was also shown.
Defendant Sean Orman is seen inside the store in security camera footage captured shortly thereafter.
Orman, 30, is on trial at Edinburgh High Court where he denies murdering Welsh on April 17, 2019 and all other charges against him. He claims he was on a city bike tour in Kirknewton, West Lothian, at the time Welsh was shot.
Giving evidence on Tuesday, Detective Constable Stuart Robertson said a series of camera images collected by police appeared to show the same Ford Kuga. It was the same make, model and color, with alloy rims and tinted rear windows, he said.
CCTV from the parking lot of Holyrood Boxing Gym, located in a business park in Duddingston Road West, was shown on the grounds.
Welsh was seen walking from the gym to his Fiat Panda car at 7:32 p.m. on April 17, about half an hour before his death.
The jury then saw footage of a 7:33 p.m. Ford Kuga on April 9 when it was seen entering the parking lot, past the gym and leaving after about a minute.
Another CCTV system was shown from Sainsbury’s car park in the town of Longstone starting at 2:16 p.m. on the day of the murder when a Kuga arrived. In-store footage then showed Orman on an escalator shortly thereafter.
The court heard that a Kuga was spotted on camera “very close” to Orman’s address in Longstone at 7:08 p.m. that day. DC Robertson agreed that it appeared to be the same vehicle previously spotted outside Welsh’s gymnasium.
As the accompanying footage was released to the jury, the detective said the Kuga was sighted on Dundee Terrace at 7:16 p.m. At 7:23 p.m., he was seen spinning on Chester Street, passing where Welsh lived in. an apartment in the basement, on dashcam footage of another car.
Within minutes, the Kuga was seen rolling past Drumsheugh Gardens, Melville Street and Manor Place. DC Robertson said the car appeared to be parked on Walker Street at the corner of William Street at 7:26 p.m.
CCTV footage was shown of a man wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, sneakers and jacket walking along Walker Street at 7:31 p.m. Along with footage from various cameras, DC Robertson said the same man appeared to be walking on Manor Place, then Melville Street, and was last seen before filming at 7:35 p.m., walking on Walker Street towards Chester Street.
Deputy lawyer Richard Goddard QC, prosecuting, asked DC Robertson if police were aware of the gunfire being reported shortly after 8 p.m.
The officer replied, “I am, yes.”
Footage was shown outside the Japanese Consulate on Melville Street of a man in a baseball cap walking past at 8:06 pm DC Robertson said he was “assessed as carrying a gun” in the video.
Earlier, Welsh’s neighbor Edward Rennie said the person in the consulate footage was the shooter he saw outside Welsh’s house with a shotgun.
Further CCTV footage showed the man rushing down Manor Place at 8:06 p.m. and then onto Walker Street.
A video of a Ford Kuga exiting Manor Place at 8:07 p.m. was shown and was seen again on Westfield Road at 8:12 p.m., Riccarton Park and Ride at 8:20 p.m., Cockburn Crescent in Balerno at 8:30 p.m. and finally Main Street in Kirknewton at 8:43 pm.
CCTV which has been agreed shows Orman walking along Main Street at 8:56 pm. DC Robertson said Orman was “carrying a large rectangular bag that feels heavy.”
Close-up stills of the shoes worn by the alleged shooter outside the Japanese Consulate in Melville Street and by Orman on Main Street in Kirknewton, DC Robertson said they appeared to be similar white sneakers in each.
The trial continues.