A north-east dad found dead at an Aberdeen flat was beaten to death.
James Chadwick’s body was discovered at the property in the city’s Holland Street.
His family raised the alarm after not seeing or hearing from him for a week.
A post-mortem examination was carried out as art of the probe into his death.
It found the 37-year-old died after suffering a “blunt force head injury”.
Two men have been arrested and charged with Mr Chadwick’s murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Ryan Gibb and Cameron Laurie, both 30 and from Aberdeen, made no plea when they appeared in private on petition at the city’s sheriff court.
Both are in custody awaiting trial.
A major police investigation was launched after the discovery of Mr Chadwick’s body as detectives tried to piece-together what had happened to him.
Searches were also carried out inside the house at 26E Holland Street, where the former dock yard labourer is believed to have died.
The last reported sighting of him was at his local corner shop in Hutcheon Street on August 31.
As police trawled through CCTV footage to try to pinpoint his final movements, they appealed to anyone who had seen him to come forward.
Detectives were also investigating reports of a disturbance in the Holland Street area on September 1, hours after Mr Chadwick was last seen.
The man leading the inquiry, Detective Chief Inspector Iain Smith, said soon after Mr Chadwick’s body was found that the post-mortem had indicated the father-of-one had died from an “act of violence”.
Mr Chadwick, whose body was found on September 9, had been living in the city for several years, after moving from the north-west of England. His young son also lives locally.
His family described his death as a “great shock” and said he was a popular man who was well known around Aberdeen city centre.
Friends at the Market Arms in Hadden Street, where he was a regular, also paid tribute, saying he was “one of a kind”.