Man accused of murdering Emma Caldwell to appear in court

Iain Packer will appear at the High Court in Glasgow after denying a total of 46 charges, including 11 alleged rapes.

Man accused of murdering Glasgow sex worker Emma Caldwell to appear in Edinburgh court Police Scotland

The man accused of killing 27-year-old Emma Caldwell in 2005 faces a further preliminary hearing in Glasgow.

Iain Packer, 50, is charged with assaulting Ms Caldwell with intent to rape and murdering her in Limefield Woods in Biggar, South Lanarkshire.

He has pled not guilty to that and 45 other charges that he faces, said to have taken place between 1990 and 2016.

Packer will appear in court on Monday, November 13.

Ms Caldwell was last seen between 12.30am and 1.30am on April 5, 2005, on London Road, Glasgow, and was reported missing by her family five days later.

The body of the 27-year-old, who had been working as a sex worker in the city, was discovered in woods at Roberton near Biggar, South Lanarkshire, on May 8, 2005.

Packer is further charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of Ms Caldwell’s naked body and possessions “by means to the prosecutor unknown”.

At a previous hearing in August, lawyers lodged special defences of self defence and incrimination on his behalf.

An 11-week trial has already be fixed to begin in January 2024.

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