Murder charge over death of Marie McCracken in East Kilbride
- 12 April 2013
- From the section Glasgow & West Scotland
A 61-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with murdering a charity worker in South Lanarkshire.
Marlene Torlay is accused of killing Mary McCracken at a house in Old Coach Road, East Kilbride, in October 2012.
She is alleged to have attacked the 59-year-old with a knife sharpener and a hammer, punched her repeatedly and thrown scalding water over her.
At the High Court in Glasgow the case was continued until next month without a plea being entered.
Ms Torlay also faces a separate charge that she attempted to defeat the ends of justice after the alleged murder on 24 October last year.
This includes a claim that she cleaned up the blood of Mrs McCracken with a cloth, pillows and towels before binning the items.
She is also said to have washed the hammer and knife sharpener.
At the time, Mrs McCracken was a senior service assistant for the WRVS at the town's Hairmyres Hospital.
Ms Torlay is currently in the Orchard Clinic at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.