Man accused of murdering 97-year-old and stealing her money

Sandeep Patel, 36, denies killing Annie Temple at her home in Fife last year.

A man has appeared in court accused of murdering an 97-year-old woman in her own home.

Sandeep Patel, 36, denies killing Annie Temple on October 25, 2019, in Kinglassie, Fife.

Patel is also charged with stealing £1000 from Ms Temple in April 2019.

He is also accused of adding two zeros to a cheque for £5 so that it read as £500 and presenting it as genuine on July 19, 2019, at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Cardenden, Fife.

He is also alleged to have signed cheques in Ms Temple’s name and obtained £1500 by fraud and attempted to obtain £2750 by fraud.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Patel’s defence QC Brian McConnachie entered not guilty pleas to murder and stealing money from Ms Temple.

He offered guilty pleas to the charges of uttering a cheque as genuine and fraud. These pleas were not accepted by prosecutor Alan Cameron.

Judge Johanna Johnston QC set a trial date for the High Court in Edinburgh on September 7.