A MAN is to stand trial charged with murdering an 85 year-old Edinburgh woman in her own home.
Robert Buczek today made his first public appearance in the dock at the High Court in Glasgow.
The 24 year-old is accused of attacking Eleanor Whitelaw at her house in Morningside on July 11 this year.
It is claimed Buczek repeatedly struck the pensioner on the neck and body with a pair of scissors or similar implement.
Buczek is also said to have inflicted “blunt force trauma” on her head and body by means unknown.
The murder charge states Miss Whitelaw was left so severely injured that she died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on July 28.
The accusation also alleges Buczak robbed the pensioner of stamps, a box of spoons, cameras and jewellery.
His QC Brian McConnachie entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Judge Lord Bannatyne set a trial due to take place next February in Glasgow.