A former police inspector is to stand trial accused of murdering his wife.
Keith Farquharson, 60, is accused of killing Alice Farquharson at her home in the Aberdeen in August this year.
The indictment alleges he seized his 56 year-old wife and struggled with her before compressing her neck and face and leaving her unconscious after ‘restricting her breathing’ by covering her nose and mouth.
He is then said to have caused blunt force injury ‘by means unknown’.
At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Mulholland set a trial for February. It is expected to last about five days.
Farquharson is also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Mrs Farquharson was a pupil support assistant at Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Primary School.