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'Fake will' murderer Ian Geddes released from prison

A businessman who murdered his cousin after faking a will in an attempt to inherit £25,000 has been released while he challenges his conviction.

Ian Geddes smothered Charlie McKay with a pillow in Inverness in March 2003, then tried to make it look as though he had fallen down stairs.

Jailed for life in 2005, Geddes claims new medical evidence clears him.

Three appeal judges granted bail on condition he does not approach Mr MacKay's relatives.

Geddes cannot apply for a passport, or try to leave Scotland.

The judges had agreed in principle in May to his release but asked police to check a proposed bail address first.

Defence advocate David Burns QC said the delay in the process was due to problems with identifying an address but that Geddes now had one in Falkirk.

Lord Justice General Lord Hamilton sitting with Lord Reed and Lord Carloway said: "The court in the circumstances is prepared to grant an interim liberation on strict terms of bail."

In 2005, at the High Court in Edinburgh, a jury found Geddes guilty of murder after hearing claims that Mr McKay was drugged then smothered with a pillow in his bed then moved to the bottom of stairs at his home to make it look like an accident.

Mr McKay's death was initially put down as natural causes until his daughter found fake will documents in the house.

Passing sentence, Lord Bracadale ordered Geddes to serve at least 15 years before being eligible for parole.

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