Feb 29 2012 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Jackson Court, Coatbridge
RESIDENTS in a Coatbridge tower block have told of their shock as they awoke to find a murder scene on their doorstep on Saturday morning.
Sean Martin (21) died following an altercation which took place at around 1.25am in a top-floor flat at Jackson Court. Sean lived in nearby Dunbeth Court.
His girlfriend, 20-year-old Shaniece Dobson, appeared in court on Monday charged with his murder.
The pair were drinking in Dobson’s flat on the 17th floor with friends when the tragedy unfolded. It’s believed that Sean died after being stabbed.
Jackson Court residents were stunned to discover what had taken place, with one tenant of the 17-storey block saying: “I didn’t hear a thing during the night, so the news came as a total shock.
“When I left the house to go out on Saturday morning, the police had sealed off the back stairs all the way down the block.”
Another elderly resident said: “I don’t hear anything during the night, especially at that time – I couldn’t believe it when I heard what had happened.”
Sean’s sister Michelle posted a poignant message on Facebook, reading: “Sean, I miss you so much, can’t get my head around it.
“You were the best brother ever, just want a cuddle of you. Love you, sleep tight angel xxx.”
Christopher McKee, a friend of the former Columba High pupil, posted: “Love you to bits mate, it hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m not going to see you again.
“You were going to be the best man when I got married. Going to miss you like my bro – til we meet again Sean RIP.”
Jackson Court is one of a group of three tower blocks, along with Dunbeth Court and High Coats, which have been plagued by crime in recent years.
An elderly resident at Dunbeth Court said: “It’s terrible, a waste of young life.”
In February 2010, Ann Marie Kelly was murdered in the adjacent High Coats block; her killers, Colin Renicks and Megan Watt, are both serving life terms.
Shaniece Dobson appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Monday charged with Sean’s murder. She made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody for further examination.