Glasgow & West Scotland

Lynda Spence trial: Torture and murder case under way

Lynda Spence
Ms Spence was last seen at her parents' home in Glasgow on 13 April 2011

Four men have gone on trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of abducting, torturing and murdering a financial advisor.

Lynda Spence, whose body has never been found, went missing in April 2011.

David Parker, 37, Paul Smith, 46, Philip Wade, 41, and Colin Coats, 41, deny the charges against them.

It is alleged the men held Miss Spence in a flat in West Kilbride in Ayrshire for a fortnight and cut off her fingers and a thumb before murdering her.

It is also claimed the men cut off Miss Spence's head before disposing of her body.

The trial is expected to last 17 weeks.