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Fatal Accident Inquiry into the Death of Colin Marr, Sheriff Principal Robert Alastair Dunlop, Dunfermline Sheriff Court, 21st April 2011


In terms of section 6(1)(a) of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976, the sheriff found that Colin Marr (DOB 18.01.84) died on Tuesday 10th July 2007 in his home at 14 Johnston Crescent, Lochgelly, Fife at some point in time between 2015 and 2050 hours. In terms of section 6(1)(b), the cause of death was a single stab wound to the chest which passed through the lower part of the sternum into the chest cavity, through the pericardial sac, into the septum of the heart, through the left ventricle and terminated in the pericardial sac. A formal determination was made under section 6(1)(e).
Colin Marr was engaged to be married to Candice Bonar and the couple lived together at 14 Johnston Crescent. During the period of the engagement Colin Marr had a relationship with another woman, Roxanne Burns. Candice discovered this infidelity at some stage in the three weeks prior to Colin's death. On the evening of 10th July 2007 Candice went to 14 Johnston Crescent to confront Colin about his infidelity. During a heated exchange she removed her engagement ring and declared that the relationship was over. At about 8.15pm Candice knocked at the door of her next door neighbour Craig Martin and then on the door of her neighbours across the street, the Emslie family, telling them that Colin had stabbed himself. An ambulance was called and first aid administered but Colin was pronounced dead from the stab wound at 8.50pm.
In terms of s.6(1)(e) the sheriff principal found that there was no conclusive evidence to suggest that Colin Marr probably stabbed himself. It follows that there was no basis for saying that Candice Bonar probably stabbed him.