South Scotland

Man in court on Peebles murder charge

Alexandra Stuart Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Alexandra Stuart was taken to hospital but later died

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 22-year-old Alexandra Stuart from Peebles.

Nicholas Rodgers, of Innerleithen, appeared in private and also faced charges of assault and police assault.

He made no plea at Jedburgh Sheriff Court and the case was continued for further examination.

Mr Rodgers was remanded in custody by Sheriff Peter Peterson and is expected to appear in court again at some time next week.

If followed an incident in the Cuddyside area of Peebles on Sunday after which Ms Stuart died in hospital.

Det Insp Stevie Bertram said: "Our thoughts very much remain with Alex's loved ones, who have respectfully requested privacy at this incredibly difficult time."

He said inquiries were continuing and urged anyone with information relevant to the investigation to get in touch.

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