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Man denies murdering Wishaw teenager Zoe Nelson

Zoe Nelson
Image caption Zoe Nelson's body was discovered in Wishaw in May

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a teenager whose burned body was found in a field.

Robert Bayne, 21, is accused of killing 17-year-old Zoe Nelson on 22 May at a wooded area in Cambusnethan, near Wishaw in North Lanarkshire.

He is also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by setting fire to her body.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Mr Bayne denied the charges. The case is due to go to trial next year.

It is alleged that Mr Bayne assaulted Ms Nelson by repeatedly striking her with a knife and other unknown objects.

He is also accused of placing a plastic sheet over her head to restrict her breathing and setting her on fire.

The charge alleges that he attempted to defeat the ends of justice by setting fire to the teenager's body, washing and disposing of clothing he wore and disposing of her mobile phone.

He faces further charges of assault and breach of the peace.

Ms Nelson was seen leaving her Newmains home at 1700 BST on 22 May. She was later seen on CCTV footage in a local store at about 1730 BST.

Her body was discovered by a passer-by the following afternoon.

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