Murder charge over death of Marie McCracken in East Kilbride

Marie McCracken Marie McCracken died at a house in East Kilbride on 24 October 2012

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.

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