A woman yesterday admitted killing a pensioner at his home in Aberdeen.
Sharyn Stewart is accused of murdering Alan Cowie, 65, at a flat in the city’s Tillydrone area in January this year.
Her advocate Tony Lenehan offered a guilty plea to the reduced charge of culpable homicide on behalf of the 52-year-old.
That was rejected by prosecutor Angela Gray during a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.
It means Stewart will now stand trial for murder in the New Year.
Prosecutors claim Mr Cowie was struck with a bottle and “by means unknown”.
Stewart is also said to have knocked him to the ground, stood on his neck and “restricted his breathing” by putting a plastic bag over his head.
She faces a separate charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice, which includes a claim Stewart asked for help in removing Mr Cowie’s body, which is said to have been hidden within a rug.
It is further alleged she previously attempted to murder Mr Cowie in April last year.
Lady Dorrian set a trial due to start in January at the High Court in Edinburgh.