Highlands & Islands

Inverness pensioner faces murder trial

Elizabeth Mackay Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Elizabeth Mackay's body was found in March

A 71-year-old man is to stand trial charged with murdering a woman in her home in Inverness.

Michael Taylor is accused of killing Elizabeth Mackay in March this year.

The allegation includes claims the 60-year-old was repeatedly punched causing her to fall and lose consciousness.

Mr Taylor is also said to have hit Miss Mackay with "a blunt object or objects" and removed her clothes and bit her on the chest. He denies the charges.

The 71-year-old faces a separate allegation that he stole groceries, pots, cutlery and keys from the property.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges during a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Judge Lord Beckett set a trial due to begin in Edinburgh in December.

The case could last up to 12 days.

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