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'I heard some girl screaming 'Help me, help me'' - Young mother describes aftermath of double murder at block of flats

Laura Paterson and Becky Barnes

Published 20/07/2016 | 13:21

Police at the scene at Donside Court, Tillydrone, Aberdeen, where three people died following a disturbance Credit: Laura Paterson/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court, Tillydrone, Aberdeen, where three people died following a disturbance Credit: Laura Paterson/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court, Tillydrone, Aberdeen, where three people died following a disturbance Credit: Laura Paterson/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court, Tillydrone, Aberdeen, where three people died following a disturbance Credit: Laura Paterson/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court, Tillydrone, Aberdeen, where three people died following a disturbance Credit: Laura Paterson/PA Wire
General view of Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen, where two men and a woman died following a disturbance Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen, where two men and a woman died following a disturbance Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen, where two men and a woman died following a disturbance Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen, where two men and a woman died following a disturbance Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen, where two men and a woman died following a disturbance Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen, where two men and a woman died following a disturbance Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen, where two men and a woman died following a disturbance Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen, where two men and a woman died following a disturbance Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Police at the scene at Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen, where two men and a woman died following a disturbance Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

A young mother has described how she heard screaming and a female shouting for help at a block of flats where two people were murdered and a third person is thought to have fallen to their death.

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A heavy police presence remains at the 19-storey Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen following the disturbance at about 8.15pm on Tuesday.

Police Scotland said the bodies of a man and a woman were found within a flat and the deaths are being treated as murder.

Detectives are also investigating the death of a second man who is thought to have fallen from the tower block, where a blue forensic tent remained close to the main entrance on Wednesday morning.

It is understood all three lived in the block of flats.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie said officers are not looking for anyone in connection with what he described as a "contained incident".

Toni Dey, 19, who lives in nearby Gordon's Mills Road, said she heard screaming from the block.

The mother-of-two told the Press Association: "I heard some girl screaming 'Help me, help me', then about 10 minutes after I heard loads of screaming and shouting.

"I didn't call the police as I thought it was kids messing around, then I heard loads of police.

"I can't remember exactly what time I heard it all. I had messaged my mum on Facebook saying there was a lot of screaming but couldn't see what had happened.

"It was awful to hear all that, then actually hear what had happened."

No officers were injured in the incident but the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) is to review the death of the second man as "officers were present at the time of the death".

Mr Hardie said: "Officers attended at Donside Court following reports of a disturbance and found the bodies of a man and a woman within a flat. Both of these deaths are being investigated and treated as murder.

"At this stage, we can also confirm that a second man died at the scene a short time after officers attended. The circumstances of this death are likewise being investigated.

"Given that officers were present at the time of the death, the procurator fiscal has instructed Pirc to review the circumstances.

"I would like to reiterate that at this stage we are not looking for anyone else in relation to these deaths and I would like to reassure the public that this is a contained incident and there is no wider threat to the community."

A police presence remained at the site on Wednesday as a handful of mourners left floral tributes.

Ms Dey added: "It's very scary to think that something like that had happened. All I kept thinking was 'Why was that poor girl shouting help me?', and about a two-minute walk out my back door.

"I just moved in here in May and it's been so quiet. I was shocked to hear anything as I never normally do."

One resident said she saw a man falling as she looked out the window of her home on the fifth floor.

The 20-year-old, who asked not to be named, said: "I saw him falling.

"I was playing on my computer and I heard something happening and at that I moment I looked out the window."

She said she did not know the man well but he "always smiled when you said hello to him".

Local councillor Martin Greig said: "There will be families grieving profoundly at this terrible news. Our sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones.

"The local community and the city will share feelings of shock at this violent incident."

A spokeswoman for Pirc said: "The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has instructed Pirc to undertake an investigation following a disturbance in which two men and a woman died at a flat in Donside Court, Aberdeen, on Tuesday July 19.

"The investigation will focus on the circumstances leading up to the death of the second man following the arrival of police officers at the scene.

"A report on the Commissioner's findings will be submitted to the Crown Office in due course."

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