Man 'punched, kicked and stamped pensioner to death' in West Lothian

Scene in Mayfield Drive, Armadale where Robert Simpson was killed.
Robert Simpson: The pensioner was found dead in his home.© HEMEDIA / SWNS Group

A man has gone on trial for the murder of a pensioner in his West Lothian home.

Keiryn Nisbet, 22, is charged with murdering Robert Simpson, 67, at Mayfield Drive, Armadale on October 5 last year.

Prosecutors claim he went into Mr Simpson’s flat and repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped him on the head and body. They also claim he inflicted blunt force injuries on him and dragged him across the floor.

Nisbet is also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by washing and cleaning clothes he had worn during the alleged murder.

The murder trial started at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday where Nisbet denied five charges.

As well as the murder, Nisbet is accused of assaulting Nicole Thomson at the Blether Inn pub in Armadale on the same day.

He is also charged with threatening people with a screwdriver at Woodhead Grove, Armadale on October 13.

Nisbet has lodged a special defence of incrimination to the murder charge, claiming three other people murdered Mr Simpson.

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