Man allegedly posed as victim to get Viagra prescription after killing him in Fife

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A suspect is accused of killing a man and attempting to set his body on fire – before impersonating him to obtain Viagra.

David Barnes allegedly killed Ean Coutts, 60, on September 3, 2019.

Prosecutors list a number of places where the murder may have taken place – Kinglassie and Lochgelly, both in Fife, or elsewhere in Scotland.

Ean – also known as Ian – was allegedly attacked by “unknown means”.

Barnes, 32, faces a separate charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

He is said to have removed Ean’s body inside a wheelie bin from a property in Kinglassie before dumping the remains in an abandoned industrial unit in Glenrothes, Fife.

Barnes is accused of then attempting to burn the corpse in an attempt to avoid detection for the alleged crime.

Among the 36 charges Barnes faces are a series of fraud allegations relating to Ean.

It is said that on October 24, 2019, he claimed to be on staff at a medical center in Cardenden, Fife, that he was Ean.

He reportedly asked for a “repeat prescription” of Viagra and nicotine patches before getting them.

The indictment earlier says Barnes stole a Nationwide bank card in Ean’s name days before the alleged murder.

There a number of places listed he is accused of using the card, including at a McDonalds in Glenrothes on September 6, 2019 for £15.50 of ‘goods’.

It would also have allowed him to withdraw a total of £5,610.

Other places where he allegedly cheated included making a £1.18 purchase at a Poundstretchers discount store, buying tickets to an ‘entertainment show’ at Rothes Hall in Glenrothes and a leisure center in Dunfermline , Fifa.

Barnes also allegedly applied for a credit card in Ean’s name stating he was a £56,000 a year self-employed forklift driver.

The final charge claims Barnes contacted the Department for Work and Pensions on February 10, 2020, again claiming to be Ean.

He said he said he was now living in a caravan in England, had no internet access and no longer needed benefits.

Prosecutors say it was to “induce” the DWP that Ean was still alive.

Ean’s remains were discovered at Whitehill Industrial Estate, Glenrothes in September 2020, but it was only later that he was identified.

The case against Barnes called for a hearing in Glasgow High Court.

His legal team has pleaded not guilty on his behalf and a trial has been set for November 2023.

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