POLICE investigating the disappearance of Arlene Fraser were given a detailed account of what farmer Hector Dick did on the day she vanished.
The High Court in Edinburgh saw today the note scribbled by Mr Dick (56), and handed over to detectives in June 1998.
The sheet of paper shows that Mr Dick thought he was having tea in the bothy at Wester Hillside Farm near Elgin just after 9am on April 28 that year - the last time mum-of-two Arlene was seen.
Other entries speak of cleaning skips, checking livestock and making phone calls.
On trial is fruit and vegetable wholesaler Nat Fraser (53), who denies murdering his estranged wife - and has lodged papers in court blaming Hector Dick.
As the trial went into its second week, Mr Dick was giving evidence for a third day. He has told the trial how Fraser - once a good friend and best man at his wedding - "confessed" that he had hired a hitman to strangle Arlene.
Defence QC John Scott, has been questioning Mr Dick about statements he made to police, and the note of his movements on April 28 and the reference "Nine o'clock - tea in the bothy."
Mr Scott asked: "How were you able to remember that precisely?"
Mr Dick explained how he had asked BT for an itemised phone bill and had also checked the tachographs for the farm vehicles and spoken to other men working there.
"It all fell into place," he told the trial.
Fraser denies attacking wife Arlene (33), between April 28 and May 7, 1998 at the home they once shared in Smith Street, New Elgin, or elsewhere in Scotland.
It is alleged that he strangled her or murdered her "by other means to the prosecutor unknown."
The indictment against Fraser says he knew Arlene had seen a solicitor about divorcing him and getting a cash pay-off.
Fraser has lodged papers in court claiming that 14 years ago on April 28 he left the address in Burnside Road, Lhanbryde, where he was staying at about 7.30am and spent the day making van deliveries to hotels, restaurants and shops - pausing to make a phone call just after 9am.
Fraser also claims that if mum-of-two Arlene was murdered, as prosecutors claim, the man responsible could be Hector Dick of Mosstowie, Elgin.
The jury has heard that at an earlier trial in 2003 when Hector Dick had been one of three men accused of murdering Arlene, but had left the dock and given evidence for the prosecution.
Another man on trial then, Glenn Lucas, was now dead. The third man was Fraser.
The trial continues