Woman allegedly killed by her brother was ‘disliked for being gay’

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Annalise Johnstone, 22, was stabbed to death at the Maggie’s Wall Memorial near Dunning, Perthshire, Scotland. Her 25-year-old brother Jordan and 28-year-old Angela Newlands, with whom Jordan is believed to be romantically connected, were charged with the murder and both filed not guilty pleas. The jury heard that the victim’s brother told police: “She’s quite private about some things and open about others. She was private about who her girlfriend was.” He added Annalise had had a phone conversation with her partner when she was killed. The victim’s best friend, Donna Paton, said the accused couple gave “confusing” accounts of Annalise’s final hours. Paton said Annalise had left with the couple the day before she died, but gave no “hint” she would not return that night. The victim’s estranged father, Gordon Johnstone, 44, said he cut all ties with her as she came out. The accused couple also deny attempting to defeat the ends of justice by cleaning their car to remove evidence and making a false report that the victim was missing. The trial continues.

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