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Sergejs Samarin in court over murder of Latvian national in Glenrothes

Aleksandrs Sokolovs Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Latvian national Aleksandrs Sokolovs had been living in Glenrothes

A man has appeared in court accused of murdering a Latvian national who had been living in Fife.

The body of 29-year-old Aleksandrs Sokolovs was found in a property on Tummel Road in Glenrothes on 13 April.

Sergejs Samarin, 28, of no fixed abode, appeared in private at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Mr Samarin made no plea or declaration, the case was continued for further examination and he was remanded in custody.

He first appeared last week charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

However, on Wednesday he was charged with murder and subsequently appeared on petition on Friday.

He faced charges of murder and assault.

In a statement issued by Mr Sokolovs' family through the police, they said: "Aleksandrs was a very friendly person who loved to travel and experience different cultures.

"He was a loving son and brother and will be missed by all persons who knew him."

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