Court told of Elaine's night

MURDERED Elaine Doyle's last night was "constant laughing" her best pal told a trial.

Loading Comments

Lynn McCurdy, 44, re-lived an evening at a 50p disco more than 27 years ago.

Later the friends walked together to a hamburger stall in Greenock town centre.

Around midnight they went their separate ways when Elaine began to walk home, refusing the offer of a lift with another friend's brother.

Lynn said her last words to Elaine were "I will see you tomorrow."

But for Lynn, Monday June 2, 1986, began with an anxious phone call from the Doyle family, asking if Elaine was with her. By 10am Lynn was being questioned by police after the naked body of 16-year-old Elaine had been found yards from her home in Greenock's Ardgowan Street.

A post-mortem concluded she'd been strangled, the High Court in Edinburgh has been told.

The two girls went to a disco at the Celtic Club in Laird Street.

Lynn said during the evening they each drank two lagers. "I wasn't falling about. I would just be happy."

She said she would be surprised if Elaine would go off with a stranger or get into a car with someone she didn't know. She was also questioned about other friends and acquaintances.

One man, known to the youngsters as 'Daft Willie' Campbell hung around the pool hall where he could be goaded into fighting with his friend Tam Paton, who also seemed to have learning difficulties.

Defence QC Donald Findlay produced a police statement in which Lynn had told officers "I wouldn't be surprised if he (Campbell) turned violent."

John Docherty, 49, now of Dunoon, denies murder and has also lodged a special defence of incrimination, claiming the culprit might be among a list of 41 names taken from files of the police investigation into the murder.

The trial continues.

Block list

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

I don’t think I’ve uttered the words “no, he’s not a stripper we’ve hired so put him down.




Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

My thoughts after Police Scotland are ordered to apologise over IRA interrogation techniques slur.

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.