Murder accused pair ‘killed woman with hammer’ in flat

Claire Turnbull, 36, was found dead at a property in Fife on October 5 last year.

Court: Two people have been accused of murdering Claire Turnbull. <strong>Police Scotland/Google 2018</strong>
Court: Two people have been accused of murdering Claire Turnbull. Police Scotland/Google 2018

Two people are to stand trial charged with murdering a woman with a hammer in Fife.

Claire Turnbull, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene after police arrived at the flat in Rintoul Avenue, Blairhall, on October 5 last year.

Aaron Donald, 28, and Laura McMurdo, 29, are accused of killing Ms Turnbull.

Prosecutors claim the 36-year-old was held by the throat and punched, before being repeatedly struck on the head with a hammer.

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The pair also face a separate charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by changing their clothes and hiding the hammer in a bag.

At the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday, Donald and McMurdo denied the accusations.

Donald’s legal team lodged a special defence of diminished responsibility.

Judge Johanna Johnston QC set a trial due to begin on October 14 in Livingston.


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