Bonnyrigg man guilty of murdering wife and child

The Lockharts on their wedding day
The Lockharts on their wedding day

A Bonnyrigg funeral director, who had admitted killing his wife and two-year old son after a Christmas drinking session, has been found guilty of their murders.

At the end of a five day trial at the High Court in Edinburgh today (September 18), the jury of eight men and seven women found he had strangled his 28-year old wife, Janet, and smothered his son, Michael, in the family home in South Chesters Lane, Bonnyrigg, on December 28 last year and murdered them.

Lockhart’s defence solicitor advocate, Brian Gilfedder, had offered a plea of guilty to murder in respect of Mrs Lockhart, but not guilty to his client’s murdering his son. claiming Lockhart been suffering from diminished responsibility due to an abnormality of mind and that he would plead guilty to a reduced charge of culpable homicide. This had been rejected by the Crown.