A Moray man has appeared in court for a second time following the death of a pensioner.
Frank Kinnis, 83, from Elgin, died following an alleged attack in woods on the southern outskirts of the town last week while he was walking his dog.
Yesterday David Johnstone appeared in private at Elgin Sheriff Court in connection with the incident.
The 35-year-old has been charged with murder and faces two further accusations of attempted murder and two counts of assaulting or impeding police officers.
A retired Church of Scotland minister who lives in New Elgin and his wife were also taken to hospital after suffering serious head injuries during a separate alleged incident in Birkenhill Woods, which is a popular dog walking destination, on the same day.
Johnstone, who lives in Elgin, made no plea during the court hearing and has been remanded in custody.
Police scheduled extra patrols in the aftermath of the alleged incidents to reassure residents affected by the death of Mr Kinnis – who was described as a “doting” and “warm-hearted” family man in a statement from his family.
Loved ones of the lifelong farmer have called on friends and relatives to ensure that the fond memories of the keen bowler are the ones of him that will endure.