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Trial sees footage of interview

THE MAN on trial for the murder of Elaine Doyle told police he knew nothing about the case apart from what he had read in newspapers, a court has heard.

The High Court in Edinburgh has heard how former soldier John Docherty was taken from his Greenock home in handcuffs in a dawn raid on March 22 last year.

Yesterday, a jury began to watch video recorded during a day of questioning about the 1986 murder.

Docherty, a driver with Inverclyde Council, was asked by Detective Constable William Brandon what he knew.

"Nothing, other than what I've read," replied Docherty. Asked to elaborate, Docherty continued: "She was a young lassie on a night out and she didn't make it home."

Docherty, now 49, told the detective that when Ms Doyle was murdered he was a 22-year-old living with his parents in Anne Street, Greenock. After leaving school at 16, he had worked as a labourer "in the yards" and had also been unemployed and taken part in government work schemes. In 1988 he began a six-year spell in the Army before working for local authorities.

DC Brandon told him he had been identified as a "man with staring eyes" who had been seen following a girl in the area near where she lived.

Docherty, now of Hunters' Quay, Holiday Village, Dunoon, denies murdering Ms Doyle, 16, who was found stripped and strangled.

He has lodged a so-called special defence of incrimination.

The trial continues.

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