Boy thought he was blamed for Allison McGarrigle murder

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Allison McGarrigle's body has never been discovered

A boy allegedly abused by two men accused of strangling a woman said people were blaming him for her death, a court has heard.

Psychiatrist Dr Elizabeth Barclay said the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told her in 2002 that he was "stressed" about this.

Charles O'Neill and William Lauchlan deny killing Allison McGarrigle.

It is alleged they strangled the 39-year-old in 1997 to prevent her reporting the abuse of a young boy.

Mrs McGarrigle was reported missing in February 1998. Her body has never been recovered and she was declared dead in 2005.

Special defence

The court heard that the boy met with Dr Barclay in 2002. She recorded he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following sex abuse.

Under questioning, the psychiatrist said she had a recollection that the boy said he was "stressed" over people believing that he had murdered Mrs McGarrigle

Mr Lauchlan, 33, and Mr O'Neill, 47, deny murdering the woman and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of her body at sea.

Mr O'Neill has lodged a special defence incriminating Mrs McGarrigle's husband Robert as being responsible for her death.

He also faces a a charge of assault or an alternative allegation of culpable and reckless conduct.

The trial, before judge Lord Pentland, continues.

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