Glasgow & West Scotland

Man to stand trial accused of killing two OAPs in Oban

Martyn Smith and John White Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Martyn Smith and John White died on Monday 1 October last year

A 32-year-old man is to stand trial accused of killing two pensioners who lived in the same block of flats in Oban.

Oskars Rancevs is charged with murdering 73-year-old Martyn Smith by repeatedly punching, kicking and stamping on him.

He also faces a culpable homicide charge over the death of Mr Smyth's 75-year-old neighbour John White.

Mr Rancevs pled not guilty during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Mr White is said to have witnessed the first attack on 1 October last year.

Heart attack

Prosecutors claim Mr Rancevs attacked Mr White while he tried to call the police.

The indictment claims Mr White was left in a "state of fear and alarm" and, as a result, suffered a fatal heart attack.

Mr Rancevs also faces charges of threatening and abusive behaviour, as well as obstructing police.

He denies all the charges.

Lord Arthurson fixed a trial due to begin in July.

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