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World's End murder trial date set
Helen Scott and Christine Eadie
Helen Scott and Christine Eadie's bodies were found in East Lothian
A trial date has been set for the man accused of committing the so-called World's End murders 30 years ago.

Christine Eadie and Helen Scott were found dead in October 1977, the morning after they had visited the World's End pub in Edinburgh.

Angus Sinclair, 62, faces charges of raping and murdering the 17-year-old girls and stealing their clothes.

The High Court in Edinburgh was told his trial would start on 27 August. It is expected to last about six weeks.

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

It is also alleged that on the night of 15 October 1977 Mr Sinclair and Mr Hamilton persuaded or forced the girls into a motor vehicle, then kept them there against their will.

Christine Eadie was then, allegedly, driven to Gosford Bay, Aberlady, and there or elsewhere she was attacked, stripped and gagged with her pants.

World's End pub
The girls had visited the pub the night before their bodies were found

Mr Sinclair is accused of tying her wrists and neck, raping her, and murdering her by restricting her breathing.

He is alleged to have driven Helen Scott to a road near Haddington and in a field there, or elsewhere, punched and kicked her and stamped on her head.

The charge goes on to allege that Helen Scott's trousers and underclothes were removed and her underwear stuffed into her mouth.

It is also alleged she was also raped and murdered by constricting her breathing.

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