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Man on trial over woman's fall from Dundee high rise

Elders court
Image caption Nicholas Conning is accused of causing Jennifer Findlay to fall from a fifth floor flat in Dundee

A man has gone on trial accused of killing a woman by causing her to fall from the window of a fifth floor Dundee flat.

Nicholas Conning, 45, denies causing the death of a Jennifer Findlay by placing her in a state of fear and alarm at a property in Elders Court on 12 June 2012.

Mr Conning appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh facing a charge of culpable homicide.

The trial before Lord Burns continues.

The charge alleges that on 12 July last year at 5B Elders Court, Mr Conning assaulted and abducted Jennifer Findlay.

Prosecution lawyers claim that Mr Conning seized hold of her, locked the front door of the property and prevented her from escaping before striking her by means unknown.

The Crown also claims that the fall left Jennifer Findlay so severely injured that she died and that Mr Conning killed her, having previously expressed malice and ill will towards her.

Death threats

Mr Conning also denies seven other charges.

Among the other charges that Mr Conning faces, is that on various occasions between January 1 1995 and July 11 2012, at various addresses in Dundee, he assaulted and abducted Jennifer Findlay and on occasions detained her against her will at these locations.

Prosecution lawyers claim that on these occasions, Mr Conning broke mobile phones to prevent her calling for help and threatened to kill her.

It is also alleged that he seized hold of her by the hair and pulled her hair out.

The Crown also claim that Mr Conning placed his hands around her throat and restricted her breathing.

He is also accused of committed a breach of the peace on 17 April 2005 at 12 Cleghorn Street Dundee, by conducting himself in a disorderly manner and by shouting and swearing and placing Jennifer Findlay in a state of fear and alarm.

He faces another charge that between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011 Mr Conning assaulted Jennifer Findlay and threatened to kill her at 5B Elders Court, Dundee.

Mr Conning, who is represented by Neil Murray QC, has entered not guilty pleas to all charges.

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