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Man on trial over death in 1995
Robert Higgins
Robert Higgins's body was found in Kirkliston 11 years ago
A man has gone on trial accused of carrying out a murder more than a decade ago.

William Arthurs, 34, has denied repeatedly striking Robert Higgins with a knife at a West Lothian quarry, or elsewhere, in 1995.

Mr Arthurs has also denied charges of assault, assault to injury and committing a breach of the peace on occasions between 1991 and 2005.

A panel of 15 jurors was sworn in on Monday at the High Court in Edinburgh.

It has been alleged that Mr Arthurs assaulted Mr Higgins, 35, between 29 April, 1995 and 1 May that year.

Uttering threats

He has been accused of repeatedly striking Mr Higgins on the head and body with a knife or a similar object and murdering him at Craigs Quarry, Milrig Farm, Kirkliston, or another location.

The jury of nine women and six men heard how Mr Arthurs has also been charged with assaulting three different men on three separate occasions in Kirkliston on dates between January 1991 and December 1994.

Mr Arthurs has been further accused of committing a breach of the peace by conducting himself in a disorderly manner, shouting, swearing and uttering threats of violence on an occasion between May 2005 and the end of September that year.

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