A Dundee man accused of murder had two charges against him of concealing evidence and committing a breach of the peace dropped by the Crown.
Matthew Pope, 22, was acquitted of the charges during his murder trial at the High Court in Aberdeen.
Advocate depute Douglas Fairley, QC, prosecuting, told the court he was withdrawing the charges as he closed the Crown’s evidence.
Pope still faces a charge of murdering Michael Given at Elders Court on July 21 as well as charges of assault.
Pope denies that on February 10 at Victoria Road he assaulted Rael Johnston and punched him repeatedly on the head, causing him to fall, and then repeatedly kicked and stamped on his head, all to his injury.
He further denies that on July 20 or 21 at a flat in Elders Court, Lochee, he assaulted Michael Given and inflicted blunt force injuries on him and attempted to strike him with a piece of wood, while on bail.
And he denies that on July 21, also at a flat in Elders Court, he assaulted Michael Given, residing there, and punched him repeatedly on the head and body, kicked him repeatedly on the head and body, stamped repeatedly on his head and body, stuck him on the head and body with a piece of wood with nails protruding and otherwise inflicted blunt force injuries on him, and murdered him.
Pope was acquitted of committing a breach of the peace on July 20 or 21 at Elders Court by shouting, swearing, creating a disturbance, uttering threats of violence and threatening violence towards Paul Taylor, Rowena McIntosh and Douglas McIntyre.
He was further acquitted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by concealing evidence.
Pope has lodged special defences of incrimination against Ryan Crighton and Aaron McHugh and a special defence of self defence against Michael Given.
The trial continues, with the defence set to begin its case today.