Tayside and Central Scotland

Unsolved Nora Smith murder case re-opened

Police have been instructed to carry out a new investigation into the unsolved murder of a Falkirk woman in 1993.

Norah Smith, also known as Norah Benzie, was 64 when she was found murdered in her home.

That year Andrew Kemp, 49, stood trial over the murder and walked free after the jury returned a not proven verdict.

The Crown Office told Police Scotland to look into the death under double jeopardy laws introduced in 2011.

Reform of Scotland's centuries-old double jeopardy legislation, means that anyone originally accused of a murder could face a retrial.

The High Court must grant authority for any fresh prosecution under the act.

Norah Smith's family has been informed about the decision to review her case.

The Crown Office Cold Case Review Unit, led by Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC, is carrying out a review of unresolved homicides.

The instruction to reinvestigate Norah Smith's murder was prompted by the unit's review of the case.

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