THE first hearing in the re-trial of Angus Sinclair for the World’s End Murders will take place in Edinburgh in June.
Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, were found dead after a night out at the World’s End pub on the Royal Mile on October 15, 1977.
Ms Eadie’s naked body was discovered in Gosford Bay, East Lothian, while Ms Scott’s body, also naked, was found six miles away in a field. Both the women had been gagged, tied up, raped and strangled.
Sinclair stood trial for the murders in 2007 but the trial collapsed when the judge threw out the case and he was cleared.
After the double jeopardy law was changed to allow people to be retried for the same crime, the Crown Office ordered police to reinvestigate the murders - one of the most notorious unsolved cases in Scottish history.
Last Wednesday, the Crown Office said they have indicted Sinclair for the murders and set a date for his preliminary hearing.
A statement said: “Angus Sinclair was indicted for the murders of Christine Eadie and Helen Scott in 1977.
“This follows the successful application on 27 March 2014 to the High Court by the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC in terms of the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011 s4(3)(b) to set aside previous acquittals and granting authority to the Crown to have Angus Sinclair re-tried for the murders.
“The case will first call as a Preliminary Hearing at the High Court, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, on 26 June 2014.”