Man to stand trial over 'murder of woman thrown from pier into water'

Jacob Foster, 29, allegedly killed Charmaine O'Donnell on April 23, 2021.

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A man is to stand trial charged with murdering a woman allegedly thrown from a pier into water.

Jacob Foster, 29, allegedly killed Charmaine O’Donnell on April 23, 2021.

Prosecutors state the incident happened at Helensburgh Pier in the town’s West Clyde Street in Argyll and Bute.

The murder charge claims Foster picked up the 25-year-old, carried her to a barrier before pushing or throwing the woman.

It is said this caused Ms O’Donnell to strike the “pier structure” or another rough surface and the water below.

The indictment alleges this led to Ms O’Donnell “ingesting” water and that she was left so severely injured, she died.

The case called for a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday.

Sean Templeton, defending, pled not guilty to the murder charge on Foster’s behalf.

Both the advocate and prosecutor Alex Prentice QC said they were both ready for a trial to be fixed.

Lord Richardson set a trial due to begin in July.

Foster, also of Helensburgh, remains on bail meantime.