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Samantha Wright murder accused 'desperate and depraved'

Robert Chalmers
Image caption Robert Chalmers denies killing Samantha Wright in Edinburgh

A man accused of murdering Samantha Wright in Edinburgh, and dumping her body in a bin, has been described as unscrupulous, depraved and desperate.

The prosecution's closing speech in the trial of Robert Chalmers said he was an aggressive drunk who treated young women with contempt.

Mr Chalmers denies killing Miss Wright and hiding her remains at his Edinburgh home in Magdalene Drive in June 2008.

He blames another man, Romanian Vasile Ungureanu, for her death.

After four weeks of evidence at the High Court in Edinburgh, the jury are hearing closing speeches from prosecution and defence with a verdict expected later in the week.

The prosecution said on Wednesday Mr Chalmers would say or do anything to avoid the consequences of his actions.

Miss Wright, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, had been living in Edinburgh and was reported missing by her family in January 2009, on what would have been her 25th birthday.

Her body was found nine months later by police.

Father-of-eleven Mr Chalmers is known locally as Papa Smurf because of his beard.

The trial continues.

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