Annalise Johnstone died after receiving “unsurvivable injuries” when her throat was cut virtually from ear-to-ear. Yesterday, her brother was acquitted of murdering her when the jury returned a “not proven” verdict. Jordan Johnstone walked free from the High Court in Livingston days after co-accused, ex-girlfriend Angela Newlands, was cleared of the same charge following a judge’s legal ruling.
Outside court, the victim’s father said the verdict had left the family in limbo. Gordon Johnstone said: “There is no justice for my daughter. No justice at the end of the day.
“I don’t know how life is going to carry on. I’m still trying to get my head round it.”
Asked about the not proven verdict, the 44-year-old replied: “I know England doesn’t have it. I don’t know what’s so special about Scotland.
“I wish there was a better result than that for the two of them, not just my son.
“Insufficient evidence for Newlands was a shock to my system as well. It’s bad enough my son going up.”
Mr Johnstone continued: “I’m going to go to her grave and explain things to her. See how she is and talk to her.
“She always had a smile on her face. She was always cheery.
“It’s just I miss her. She’ll always be in my heart. Every time I hear her name she’s living for me.”
He continued: “I don’t know if my relationship with him is going to be OK. It’s going to be tarnished. I’d love to have had a word with her.
“I’m not a violent person but if I can’t get answers I’ll be lost.”
Recalling holding Annalise in his arms when she was a newborn baby, Mr Johnstone from Fauldhouse, West Lothian, said: “I’m never going to get that back.”
Jordan Johnstone had denied murdering his sister – whose body was found at the Maggie Wall’s witch’s memorial near Dunning, Perthshire, in May last year. After Ms Newslands was acquitted of the killing, the 25-year-old defendant went into the witness box and immediately blamed her for his sister’s death.
He admitted carrying his dead sister, 22, in his arms “like a child” for two miles before eventually dumping it behind a stone wall.
Johnstone claimed that after the killing, his 28-year-old former lover had threatened to accuse him of raping her and sexually abusing her daughter if he did not cover up her alleged crime.
The unemployed builder said he placed his sister’s body where it would be seen by passing motorists because he feared Newlands’ relatives would have her body cut up and disposed of.