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Man charged with theft over death of James Simpson

James Simpson
Image caption James Simpson died after being hit by his Land Rover Discovery

A man has appeared in court charged with theft following the death of a pensioner who was struck by his own car in Ashgill, South Lanarkshire.

James Simpson, 76, died after being struck by the Land Rover Discovery during a car theft on 29 November.

William McVicar, 23, was charged with theft by housebreaking when he appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court. He made no plea and was remanded in custody.

Last week a man appeared in court charged with Mr Simpson's murder.

Christopher Grenfell, 25, from Larkhall, was charged with murder, as well as theft by housebreaking and theft of a motor vehicle.

Grenfell was also charged with failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident, as well as charges of driving while disqualified and without insurance.

He made no plea or declaration when he appeared in private at the court.

Another man was arrested last week in connection with the alleged incident but the Crown Office said the 32-year-old was freed pending further investigation and did not appear in court.

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