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Murder accused appears in court
Helen Scott and Christine Eadie
Helen Scott and Christine Eadie had been on a night out in Edinburgh
A 61-year-old man has made his first appearance in an open court accused of the World's End double murder, committed almost 30 years ago.

The bodies of Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, both 17, were found in fields in East Lothian in October 1977.

Angus Sinclair faces charges of raping and murdering them and stealing their clothes.

He made no plea during the 30-minute hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh and is to appear again in December.

During the 30 minute hearing before judge Lord Menzies, Mr Sinclair's QC Edgar Prais gave an account of work the defence team had been doing to prepare for a possible trial.

Fair trial

Mr Prais asked for an opportunity to question whether publicity during the long-running police case might prevent Mr Sinclair getting a fair trial.

The charges allege that at the time Mr Sinclair was acting along with his brother-in-law, Gordon Hamilton, who has since died.

The friend's were seen in the World's End pub in Edinburgh's Royal Mile the night before their bodies were found.

The charges allege that on the night of 15-16 October 1977, Mr Sinclair and Mr Hamilton persuaded or forced the girls into a motor vehicle, then kept them there against their will.

The charges claim Christine Eadie was taken to Gosford Bay, Aberlady, and Helen Scott to a spot near Haddington.

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