Man accused of Bradley Welsh murder says he suffered “bad luck”

The man accused of shooting T2 Trainspotting star Bradley Welsh said he suffered “bad luck” and “pure coincidence” for being involved in the murder, a trial has heard.

Sean Orman has denied telling a “desperate web of lies” to try to avoid guilt over the murder of the boss of the boxing gym outside his home in New Town Edinburgh.

Orman called a witness who spoke to police about his alleged plot to kill Welsh a month before shooting a “liar.”

He called suggestions that he committed the murder after being paid by George Baigrie “ridiculous”.

And the 30-year-old admitted to lying to his lawyers when he told them last year that he was on a motorcycle trip when Welsh was shot.

Orman is on trial in the High Court in Edinburgh, where he denies killing Welsh on April 17, 2019. He claims he was cycling from town to West Lothian at the time Welsh was shot.

Orman further denies the attempted murder of Welsh’s longtime pal David McMillan, 50, in the town’s Morningside on March 13, 2019 using a machete or similar instrument.

MP-lawyer Richard Goddard QC asked about “Omar,” the man who Orman says gave him a job moving stolen cars after his release from prison in February 2019, but who Orman says is passed away two months ago. The prosecutor said he had “no chance that he was not there to testify”.

Testifying on Wednesday, Orman replied, “It’s a shame, yes.”

Mr Goddard referred to witness Dean White who spoke to police on March 20, 2019, telling them that Orman had a shotgun and was bragging about his plan to kill Welsh. He asked how White would know.

Orman replied, “You would need to ask him that.”

Mr Goddard said: “He knew it because he heard it with his own ears.”

Orman replied, “Liar.” He later added: “As far as I’m concerned, he lied.”

Mr Goddard asked how White’s description of a shotgun that was “double barreled, old, with an engraving on it” matched a gun recovered from a garden shed in Lanarkshire in June of the last year.

Orman replied, “I don’t know. Ask him. Maybe he had knowledge.

Asked about White describing seeing a Ford Kuga outside his brother Robert White’s house in Duddingston, which Orman admitted to visiting, Mr. Goddard said White “could not see the future” and “did not have crystal ball “.

Orman replied, “Maybe he has a crystal ball.”

Mr Goddard later said the jury heard of ballistic matches between the bullet and the plastic wadding recovered from Welsh’s body, a hole made by a shotgun in the floor of Robert White’s living room. and .410 shotgun cartridges found by cops in a Lochend apartment that Orman visited a number of times.

Mr. Goddard asked, “What are the odds? “

Orman said, “I don’t know. I am not a bookmaker.

Mr Goddard later said the court heard evidence that a call was made on April 21, 2019 to a phone belonging to Orman’s mother, Shona, and a male voice said Orman was going to “ OKAY “.

The prosecutor said there was evidence the appellant was a George Baigrie and asked the accused why Baigrie was calling his mother.

Orman said: “Maybe someone asked him to do it.” Orman said he asked “a few people” to pass messages on to his mother, adding, “If they asked (Baigrie), they asked him.”

Mr. Goddard asked if it was just “luck” the call landed on Baigrie’s “plate”. Orman replied, “Yes.”

When asked why Baigrie used a phone booth to contact Shona Orman, Orman replied, “Ask him.”

Mr. Goddard suggested it to Baigrie to avoid being found. Orman replied, “But he was found.”

Witness Dean White had told police in March 2019 that Orman “was doing this work for George Baigrie,” Goddard added. Orman replied, “Okay.”

Mr Goddard said White was able to tell police that Baigrie was one person involved and that “down and there you go” Baigrie is calling Orman’s mother. He added, “How did (White) know you knew George Baigrie?”

Orman replied, “Ask him.”

The court heard how Orman used the stolen Ford Kuga in April 2019 and the vehicle had a tracking system that recorded his movements. Mr Goddard asked if it was “total coincidence” and “bad luck” that the Kuga traveled along Chester Street and made it to the Welsh boxing gym before the shooting while someone else was driving .

Orman replied, “Yes. Very. ”He then agreed that it was“ pure coincidence ”.

With the movements of the Kuga, Mr. Goddard later asked “if this was all a coincidence, then you are a very, very, very unlucky man.”

Orman replied, “It would seem that way, yes.”

Mr. Goddard asked who was driving the Kuga at these times. Orman said, “I don’t know. I’m not asking questions, that’s the reason.

Mr Goddard asked if this was a “mysterious person” leading the Kuga to Chester Street and Welsh Gymnasium. Orman replied, “Yes.”

The prosecutor asked: “Some mysterious person who knows where the Kuga was parked and who has the keys and is interested in Chester Street and Bradley Welsh’s gymnasium?”

Orman said: “People knew where the car was.”

Mr Goddard suggested that the “getaway car” ended up in Kirknewton and “in all places in the world you also ended up in the same village the same night”. “Bad luck?” He asked.

Orman replied, “Yeah. Unfortunately yes. He added, “I would say this whole episode is bad luck from start to finish.”

Mr. Goddard later told the accused he had been “almost unbelievably unlucky”.

Orman replied, “Almost. But it’s not.”

Orman was questioned about a forensic scientist providing evidence that gun residue was found in the pockets of his joggers. He said it “certainly never left me,” adding, “I don’t know. Ask the police. Scientists. Whoever put it there.

Mr Goddard asked if he was suggesting that the evidence was “planted”. Orman replied, “I don’t know.”

Mr. Goddard suggested that Orman had suffered “incredible bad luck”.

Orman replied, “Not incredible. It’s believable because I’ve never done any of those things. It is not unbelievable. This is bad luck.

The jury was shown a written statement from Orman’s alibi for the trial submitted to court last June. In it, Orman claimed he was alone on a motorcycle between Longstone and East Calder on the A71 road when Welsh was shot.

Shortly before the trial, Orman’s legal team presented a defense that he was cycling from Edinburgh to Kirknewton.

Mr. Goddard asked where the first “story” came from.

Orman said: “I made up for it with my lawyers.” He added that he did not want prosecutors to know about his bike defense before the trial and that he “kept it close to his chest”.

The accused was later asked if he knew that the Kuga had a tracking device inside. Orman replied, “I wouldn’t mind that.”

Mr. Goddard asked, “You didn’t know that, did you? Orman replied, “I didn’t pay attention to it.”

Mr Goddard asked about Orman leading the police in a high-speed “chase” in the early hours of April 22, 2019.

Orman accepted that he was driving at speeds of up to 123 mph, including over 100 mph on the wrong side of the road on the streets of Edinburgh with 30 mph limits, and the incident could have resulted in the death of himself or of pedestrians.

Mr Goddard said Orman “was doing everything possible to escape” the police.

Orman replied, “I was, yeah.” He added: “I felt like I was in control at the time.”

Asked about the fatal shooting in the new town, Orman said, “I can assure you I never shot Brad Welsh.”

Mr. Goddard asked if George Baigrie paid him. Orman said, “No, that’s ridiculous.”

Mr Goddard said: “You shot and murdered Bradley Welsh.” Orman said: “I can assure you I never have.”

Mr. Goddard accused him of telling a “desperate web of lies” in an attempt to escape responsibility for the crime. Orman replied, “This is not true.”

The trial continues.

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