Family to plant tree at local beauty spot where body of tragic Steven was found

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The family of a tragic Angus man are to plant a tree at the beauty spot where his mutilated body was discovered earlier this year.

Steven Donaldson, 27, from Arbroath, was found at the RSPB Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve on the outskirts of Kirriemuir on June 7.

Now his family are planning to hold a memorial and tree planting ceremony at the reserve on November 3.

Steven Donaldson

A spokesman for Steven’s family said: “We would warmly welcome anyone who wishes to join us at the RSPB nature reserve, Loch of Kinnordy, as we plant a tree in Steven’s memory.

“The generous donations received at the funeral will also be presented to the RSPB on this date.”

Two members of the public found the oil worker’s body in the car park at the nature reserve at 5am on the morning of June 7.

The RSPB Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve

The reserve and several other locations in and around the town were immediately sealed off to the public while police conducted their investigations.

Just over a week later three people – two men and a woman – were arrested and charged.

The three, Steven Dickie, 23, Callum Davidson, 23, and Tasmin Glass, 19, all from Kirriemuir, have denied a charge of killing Steven Donaldson between June 6 and 7.

The trio allegedly arranged to meet Steven at Peter Pan Playpark in Kirriemuir and assaulted him, then transported him to Loch Of Kinnordy Nature Reserve car park.

Prosecutors allege they attacked him again and set fire to him, and to his car.

Family and friends held a memorial service for Steven during the summer.

Dickie, Davidson and Glass appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on October 12 where they all pleaded not guilty to murdering Steven.

Dickie and Davidson were remanded in custody but Glass was granted bail.

Trial has been set for the High Court in Edinburgh on April 1 next year and is expected to last three weeks.