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Man makes second court appearance, accused of Brian McKandie murder

Brian McKandie Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Brian McKandie was found dead last year

A man has appeared in court for a second time charged with the murder of a 67-year-old man in Aberdeenshire.

Brian McKandie was found dead at his cottage near Rothienorman on 12 March last year.

Steven Sidebottom, 23, of Inverurie, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court charged with murder and robbery.

Mr Sidebottom made no plea and was remanded in custody. He was also charged with a sexual offence, multiple thefts, and wilful fireraising.

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