An Aberdeen city-centre flat where a man was murdered has a new occupant after it lay empty for six months.
James Chadwick was found dead in his home in Aberdeen after his worried family contacted police because they had not seen or heard from him for several days.
A post-mortem examination revealed the 37-year-old labourer died after suffering a “blunt force head injury”. Two men were later charged with his murder.
In January, the Press and Journal revealed the property was still lying vacant months after Mr Chadwick’s body was discovered.
But now, Langstane Housing Association has said it has found a new tenant for the residence at 26E Holland Street.
The company confirmed a tenant has moved into the one-bedroom, £366-a-month flat, which had been empty since Mr Chadwick’s death in September.
The property in an art-deco-style block includes a space in a secure car park. Similar private lets in the street command rentals of between £525 and £750 per month.
It is understood “at least eight or nine” prospective tenants had viewed and rejected the flat, with the letting agency blaming the “unfortunate death of the previous occupant”.
Mr Chadwick, whose body was found on September 9, had been in the city for several years, after moving from the north-west of England.
His family described his death as a “great shock” and said he was well-known around Aberdeen city centre.
The post-mortem indicated that he had died after suffering a “blunt force head injury”.
Ryan Gibb, 30, and Cameron Laurie, 31, appeared at the High Court in Glasgow earlier this month accused of murdering Mr Chadwick.
They are alleged to have attacked him at his flat on August 31 and September 1 last year.
The pair are also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice. They deny the charges against them.
Both are in custody awaiting trial, which will take place in June at the High Court in Edinburgh.