Businessman shot because of ‘argument over counterfeit cigarettes’

 From: STV

The lawyer of a man accused of arranging the murder of his brother has told a jury it was not planned.

Toby Siddique, 38, was allegedly shot in the head on the orders of his brother because of a long-running row about the running of their property company.

Mo Siddique, 42, denies being part of a plan which led to a Bulgarian hit-man pushing a pistol into his brother’s face in a flat in Glenrothes, Fife.

In his closing speech to a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh today, defence QC Derek Ogg insisted: “It is not a conspiracy it is a cock-up.”

Mr Ogg said the prosecution case alleging that Mo Siddique had organised the murder was based on weak and contradictory evidence from “liars, charlatans and despicable people.”

Toby Siddique’s death was simply the result of a cigarette deal which went wrong, said the lawyer.

He claimed that the person responsible for setting up the fatal encounter was former security man David Dalgleish, 44.

Mr Dalgleish was also wounded in his flat in Forres Drive, Glenrothes, on October 24, 2010.

Mo Siddique, together with Bulgarians Tencho Andonov, 28, and Deyan Nikolov, 27, deny murder. Andonov – allegedly the man who pulled the trigger – also denies attempting to murder Mr Dalgleish.

The trial continues.

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