A man who admitted guarding a missing businesswoman alleged to have been murdered has told a court he takes responsibility for not stopping what was happening to her.
David Parker, 38, said he accepts he was part of a "plan" not to let 27-year-old Lynda Spence go when she was being held at his flat in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, where he claims she was repeatedly assaulted. The financial adviser has not been seen since April 2011.
Two men, Colin Coats and Philip Wade, both 42, are on trial at the High Court in Glasgow, charged with abducting, torturing and murdering her, which they deny.
Parker was also accused of murder along with 47-year-old Paul Smith, but the pair were cleared of that charge last week when they pleaded guilty to holding Ms Spence against her will, assaulting her and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
The witness gave evidence for the Crown on Thursday, during which he told jurors that Coats and Wade would arrive at the property every day and inflict violence on Ms Spence including burning her, cutting off her thumb and beating her.
He was cross-examined by Wade's defence representative, Gary Allan QC, who asked him why he had pleaded guilty to a charge which states that he too did all of those things to Ms Spence when, according to his account, he did not. Parker replied: "The way I see it is I take responsibility for not getting Ms Spence help and not stopping the others from doing what they were doing."
Mr Allan pointed out that for him to have admitted the charge, he would either have to accept that he committed the assaults or he was part of a "common plan" with others to carry them out.
The witness replied: "I accept I was responsible, I suppose I was part of a plan. I suppose the plan was not to let Ms Spence go and not to tell anyone about it." Parker also told jurors that he had lied to police initially when they were investigating Ms Spence's disappearance because he was "scared" of what might happen to him and his family.
Mr Allan accused him of being "in cahoots" with Smith, to "get out of a murder charge" by giving police a version of events to implicate Coats and Wade.
Parker insisted to the court he was only telling the truth and denied any suggestion that he and Smith had got together to "get their stories straight".