Peterhead murder accused has charges dropped

Police were present at Longate and Ellis Street following the discovery of a body at Longate on Monday.
Police were present at Longate and Ellis Street following the discovery of a body at Longate on Monday.

A man who was accused of killing his friend at an address in Peterhead has been cleared of murder as charges against him have been dropped.

Michael Geddes (35) was arrested soon after the murder of Aaron Arthur (31)on Longate in the early hours of December 17 last year.

Peterhead murder victim Aaron Arthur

Peterhead murder victim Aaron Arthur

Solemn proceedings were raised at Peterhead Sheriff Court where Mr Geddes appeared the next day and was charged with murder.

On Christmas Eve last year, following full and careful consideration of all the facts and circumstances of the case, including the available evidence, Mr Geddes was liberated pending further investigation.

The Crown Office confirmed that the murder charge against Mr Geddes has been dropped.

A Crown Office Spokesperson said: “It is the duty of the Crown to keep cases under review and after further consideration, and taking into account the sufficient admissible evidence, Crown Counsel concluded instructed that there be no further proceedings against Michael Geddes in relation to this matter.”

A second man, Stevie Angus (25) was also charged with Mr Arthur’s murder and is due to stand trial at Aberdeen High Court next month.

After his murder, Aaron Arthur’s family released a statement through the police describing him as a “much-loved son and uncle” and that he was well known as a “loveable rogue”.

They added that he would be missed by “his mother, five brothers and two sisters”.