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Woman, 90, dies after attack in Kirkcaldy home

Georgina Barnett
Image caption Mrs Barnett was described as a "very special person" by her niece

A 90-year-old woman has died in hospital after an alleged attack in her home in Fife.

Georgina Barnett, who was known as Doddy, was injured in her home in Ramsay Road, Kirkcaldy, last Tuesday.

She died at the town's Victoria Hospital on Sunday.

Thomas Brogan, 46, appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court last week charged with attempting to murder Mrs Barnett.

It is understood the case is now being treated as murder, and Mr Brogan is expected to appear in court again later this week.

'Special person'

In a statement released through police, Mrs Barnett's niece, Angela Copeland, said: "Doddy was a very special person to everyone who knew her, particularly her family, friends and neighbours.

"She had lived in Ramsay Road for 35 years and in that time had many friends and was a well-known member of the community. We loved her dearly - she always had time for her family and friends, and her loss is very hard for us all to take.

"Many people have told us how special a person she was to them, and have paid their respects, but we would now ask to be left to grieve in peace."

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, but urged anyone with information to come forward.

Ch Insp Gordon Mitchell said: "Local officers have been carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area and patrols have been increased in this part of Kirkcaldy as part of Police Scotland's Campaign Against Violence."

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