Man held over OAP ‘double attack’


By Paul Thornton

A MAN has been held on remand over claims he tried to murder an elderly man after an alleged double attack on two pensioners last week.4-sheriff-court

Robert Murphy, 38, is charged with the attempted murder of 83-year-old Francis McGeachie in one of the two incidents on Wednesday, February 4.

It is claimed Murphy, of Edinburgh, attacked the man with a knife causing him severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Murphy is also charged with assaulting 76-year-old Elizabeth Essien during the alleged attacks which happened within five minutes of each other in the capital’s Easter Road.

He faces a third charge of possession of a knife in a public place.

Murphy appeared in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court where he made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody for further examination.