THREE men accused of attacking a father with a garden fork are to stand trial for murder.
Gary Sim, 31, James Watson, 26, and Paul Watson, 29, are charged with killing Thomas Lamb in Restalrig Circus, Edinburgh last September.
The trio are accused of repeatedly striking the 46 year-old before kicking and jumping on his head and body.
The murder allegation also includes a claim that Mr Lamb was struck with a garden fork, a knife or other similar bladed weapon.
Sim faces an earlier accusation of assaulting Mr Lamb in the capital’s Tor public house.
Sim and James Watson also each charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Lawyers for the trio denied the allegations during a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.
A trial is due to take in July in Edinburgh.