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I heard screams for help in tower block where three died

By Laura Paterson

A young mother has described how she heard a woman shouting for help at a block of flats where two people were murdered and the suspected killer fell to his death from a balcony after police arrived at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the disturbance at the 19-storey Donside Court in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen at about 8.15pm on Tuesday.

Police Scotland said the bodies of a man and woman were found within their flat and the deaths are being treated as murder.

Detectives are also investigating the death of a second man who fell from the 12th floor of the block, where a blue forensic tent remained close to the main entrance yesterday morning.

The case has been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) to examine what happened after officers entered the flat.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie said Pirc's involvement is "standard practice" in such circumstances as police were present at the time the man who fell from the balcony died.

It is understood all three people involved lived in the block of flats and were known to each other, and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

The dead woman has been named locally as Tracy Gabriel, originally from Huntly in Aberdeenshire.

Toni Dey, 19, who lives in nearby Gordon's Mills Road, said she heard screaming from the block.

The mother-of-two said: "I heard some girl screaming 'help me, help me', then about 10 minutes after I heard loads of screaming and shouting.

"I didn't call the police as I thought it was kids messing around, then I heard loads of police."

A police presence remained at the site yesterday.

Local councillor Martin Greig commented: "There will be families grieving profoundly at this terrible news. Our sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones."

A Pirc spokeswoman said: "The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has instructed Pirc to undertake an investigation following a disturbance in which two men and a woman died at a flat in Donside Court, Aberdeen, on Tuesday July 19.

"The investigation will focus on the circumstances leading up to the death of the second man following the arrival of police officers at the scene.

"A report on the commissioner's findings will be submitted to the Crown Office in due course."

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