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Detectives ‘thought scalping was accident’ | Scotland – The Times

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Detectives initially ruled that the death of a murdered mechanic who was “scalped” at his rural home was an accident, a court has been told.

Brian McKandie was found dead at his home in Badenscoth, near Rothienorman, in Aberdeenshire. The senior detective who was first called to his home in the hours after his body was discovered told the High Court in Aberdeen that “with hindsight” she should have had suspicions about the way he died.

Steven Sidebottom, 25, of Rothienorman, denies murdering and robbing Mr McKandie on March 11, 2016. He is alleged to have bludgeoned the man, 67, to death at the cottage, which was later found to have more than £190,000 in cash hidden in tins and boxes throughout it. The court…

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