An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of murdering his mother after he failed to turn up at court.
Sean Flynn was due to go on trial over the death of Louise Tiffney, who disappeared from her home on Dean Path in Edinburgh in May 2002.
The 38-year-old’s address was given as Berlin, Germany.
The Crown told the High Court in Livingston it did not believe Flynn would be attending court in the near future, having made inquiries.
Flynn has been charged with murdering Ms Tiffney and of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by concealing her body in the boot of a car, driving it into a wooded area and disposing of it there.
At a previous hearing in January, his lawyer said Flynn denies the charges.
Ms Tiffney’s body was found at stately home Gosford House in East Lothian in 2017 after the 43-year-old was last seen leaving her home in the capital.