Richard Cassidy to stand trial for murder of David Farish in Tweedbank
A pensioner is to stand trial accused of the murder of a 75-year-old man in the Scottish Borders.
A QC for Richard Cassidy, 69, entered a guilty plea to the reduced charge of the culpable homicide of David Farish in Tweedbank in February this year.
However, prosecutors rejected the plea during a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.
Judge Lady Rae set a trial date for the case of 4 January next year in Edinburgh.
The charge alleges Mr Cassidy struck Mr Farish on the neck and body with a knife or similar instrument.
He is also said to have used "an object to the prosecutor unknown".
He faces a further allegation of attempting to defeat the ends of justice and two charges of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.