Man accused of T2 Trainspotting actor’s murder was cycling elsewhere, court told

Conor Riordan, PA Scotland
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A man has denied murdering an actor who appeared in the Trainspotting sequel T2, claiming he was cycling somewhere else at the time of the killing.

Bradley Welsh, 48, who appeared in the 2017 film, died after a shooting incident at a flat in the west end of Edinburgh on April 17 2019.

Sean Orman, 30, appeared by video link at the High Court in Edinburgh on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to murder, and denied other charges including attempted murder plus firearms and drugs offences.

He is alleged to have used a loaded shotgun to kill Mr Welsh in Chester Street.

Defence counsel Ian Duguid QC lodged a special defence for charges relating to the death, which is that Orman was cycling near Kirknewton, West Lothian, at the time of the incident.

Bradley Welsh tributes
Floral tributes were left at the scene where Bradley Welsh was shot (Jane Barlow/PA)

Orman is also charged with attempted murder relating to an incident on March 13 2019.

He is accused of assaulting David McMillan in Pitcairn Grove, Edinburgh, and allegedly did “repeatedly strike him to the head and body with a machete or similar instrument to his severe injury, permanent impairment and to the danger of his life”.

Mr Duguid lodged a special defence that Orman was not involved in any offences committed against Mr McMillan and claims they were carried out by someone else.

Orman is also accused of driving at speeds up to 123mph on the Edinburgh bypass on April 22 2019 – where the limit is 70mph – and failing to stop for uniformed police officers.

He faces an accusation of having driven on the opposing side of the carriageway of Clovenstone Road “in excess of 92mph”, where the limit is 30mph.

Another charge alleges he drove without insurance and was in possession of the class A drug diamorphine and class C drug diazepam.

The trial, before judge Lord Beckett, continues and is expected to last around four weeks.