Man admits killing partner in flat near Scottish Parliament
It is claimed Roger Crossan stabbed Moira Gilbertson and tried to conceal her death.
A man has admitted killing his partner at a flat near the Scottish Parliament.
Roger Crossan, 53 faced an allegation of murdering Moira Gilbertson at the flat in Dumbiedykes Road, Edinburgh.
It is claimed he struck the 57-year-old on the body with a knife or similar sharp item.
The crime is said to have occurred between October 3 and October 14 last year.
On Friday, his QC Shelagh McCalll pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of culpable homicide on Crossan's behalf.
But prosecutor Bill McVicar told the High Court in Glasgow: "I am not minded to accept the plea offered."
The prosecutor's decision means Crossan will stand trial for murder in June in Edinburgh.
Crossan also faces a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
This includes claims he hid the body of Miss Gilbertson and texted a number of people making it appear she was still alive.
He is also accused of theft with prosecutors alleging he stole a purse, bank card, mobile phone and watch from Miss Gilbertson.
The indictment states Miss Gilbertson lived in a flat in the capital's Niddrie before her death.