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Murder trial: 'Family used candles to hide body smell'

Sister and daughter charged with killing disabled woman Sharon Greenop in Troon.

Sharon Greenop: Police told she was 'resting in bed'.
Sharon Greenop: Police told she was 'resting in bed'.

The sister and daughter of a disabled woman accused of her murder used scented candles to conceal the body's smell, it is claimed.

Lynnette Greenop, 39, and Shayla Greenop, 19, faced the allegations during a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

The pair are charged with killing Sharon Greenop at the home they all shared in Troon, South Ayrshire.

The murder accusation claims the 46-year-old was assaulted on various occasions between September 8 and November 10 last year.

This includes allegations Sharon was repeatedly struck with "object or objects" and had her neck compressed.

It is said injuries were also inflicted "by means unknown" and there was a failure to obtain medical help.

Sharon is stated to have been so severely hurt she died.

A fraud charge then alleges the pair burned scented candles to "conceal the smell emanating" from the "decomposing body".

Windows and doors were also kept open, it is claimed.

Police are said to have been told Sharon was "unwell" and "resting in bed".

Other callers were allegedly prevented from seeing the mother and attempts were apparently made to clean up the blood.

The charge further states £386 a week in benefits were claimed despite Sharon being dead.

It is also said Sharon's bank card was further used to withdraw cash from her account.

The duo face an earlier breach of the peace charge.

This includes claims "offensive remarks" were made at Sharon, the mother and pets were "mistreated" and items thrown at carers.

The indictment states offensive "slogans" were directed at Sharon and images of a "sexual nature" drawn on walls at the house.

Lynnette Greenop further faces separate accusations of assault, theft and a charge of claiming carer's allowance when she was not entitled to.

Both women, who now live at separate addresses in Ayr, pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

A trial date has been set for March. The case could last up to 17 days.

The pair had their bail continued.

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