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Date set for re-trial of man cleared of 1977 World's End murders

Angus Sinclair appeared in the dock on Thursday for a preliminary hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, victims of the World's End murders in Edinburgh 1977 Public Domain image, originally a Police collect

The re-trial of World's End murder suspect Angus Sinclair will take place later this year.

Sinclair appeared in the dock on Thursday for a preliminary hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

He denied the two charges against him of raping and murdering Christine Eadie, 17, and Helen Scott, also 17, on October 15 and 16, 1977.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC is prosecuting the case which will be tried at the High Court in Livingston on October 6.

Sinclair, 69, who is represented by Ian Duguid QC, is accused of murdering Helen Scott and Christine Eadie in October 1977.

The pair were found dead after a night out at the World's End pub in Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Sinclair is alleged to have killed the teenagers while acting along with his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton, who is now deceased.

It is claimed the young women were gagged, tied up, raped and strangled. Sinclair originally stood trial in 2007, but was acquitted after a judge ruled there was no case to answer.

In April this year, the Crown Office was granted authority to bring a fresh prosecution.

This followed an application under the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act allowing suspects found not guilty in court to face a new trial.

He is the first person to be retried under these new laws.

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