Gun residue in defendant’s pockets matched those on actor’s clothes, lawsuit says


A gun dump found in the pockets of a man accused of killing a T2 Trainspotting actor matches that found on the deceased’s clothing, a court has heard.

Bradley Welsh, 48, was shot and killed in his apartment in west Edinburgh on April 17, 2019.

Sean Orman, 30, has pleaded not guilty to all 15 charges against him, including murder, attempted murder, gun and drug offenses, and is on trial in Edinburgh High Court.

Testifying on Friday, forensic scientist Laura Wilcock said the black North Face tracksuit bottoms worn by Orman during his arrest on April 22 of the same year had a percussion primer – a firearm ignition device – residue guns (FDR) in the pockets.

It turned out to have the same chemical makeup as the FDR recovered from the clothes Mr Welsh was wearing when his body was discovered.

Ms Wilcock said: “This would be the result of this article contacting an FDR percussion primer source.

“Sources can be, for example, proximity to a discharging weapon, contact with a recently discharged weapon or cartridge, or a combination of these. “

Forensic experts examine the scene of Bradley Welsh’s shooting in April 2019 (Jane Barlow / PA)

Defense attorney Ian Duguid QC asked if it would be possible for FDR to be transferred to pockets after shaking hands with someone who had shot a gun.

Ms. Wilcock said it could happen.

Previously, ballistics expert Martin Connolly had said it was not possible to “forensically identify” whether a double-barreled shotgun he had examined was used to kill Mr Welsh .

Mr. Duguid asked him: “The process you undertook did not identify the distinctive markings on the roof of Mr. Welsh’s mouth and the wadding that was the subject of your test shot. .

“Is that the reason why you can’t say, presumably, that was the weapon used to shoot Bradley Welsh?” “

Mr. Connolly replied, “Yes. “

The trial heard that it was possible that the same type of gun fired at property in Edinburgh was used to kill Mr Welsh.

Mr Connolly said on Thursday examinations of the unloaded ammunition found in an apartment on Duddingston Row and during Mr Welsh’s autopsy showed them to be “indistinguishable”.

The court then heard that the cartridges found at another property in town were similar to those fired at Mr Welsh and in the Duddingston Row apartment.

Witness Dean White has previously told court that he saw Orman shoot an “old fashioned” shotgun on the ground of his brother’s property in Duddingston Row.

The trial, before Judge Lord Beckett, continues on Tuesday.


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