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Murder jury shown images of dead pensioner John McCulloch

A jury has been shown graphic photographs of a dead pensioner allegedly killed after a fire at his home.

John McCulloch died following a blaze at his property in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, in August 2009.

Two men, Martin Olej, 22, and Iain Starrett, 21, have gone on trial accused of murdering the 69-year-old.

Pathologist Marjorie Turner told the High Court in Glasgow Mr McCulloch's body was "extremely charred".

Dr Turner, the first witness at the case, attended the scene of the fire in 2009.

Lighter fluid

Images of Mr McCulloch's body - which was found in the living room of the burnt out property - were shown on TV screens in the court.

Dr Turner said the charring was of such an extent any potential significant injuries could have been "obliterated".

It is alleged Mr McCulloch was assaulted to his severe injury and that he was left on the floor unconscious or unable to help himself.

Mr Olej, of Bearsden, and Mr Starrett, of Port Glasgow, are said to have then poured lighter fluid onto the carpet and lit it causing a fire to take effect in the house.

Mr Olej also faces a charge that he stole various items including jewellery, a pack of playing cards, DVDs and a sum of cash.

The trial, before Lord Justice Clerk Lord Carloway, continues.

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