Murder accused appears in court after body found

Police and forensic officers at the crime scene on Wednesday morning
Police and forensic officers at the crime scene on Wednesday morning

A 44-YEAR-old Hawick man has appeared in court charged with murder.

Derek Kinghorn, Howegate, was accused of repeatedly stabbing Brian Mair on the body with a knife or similar instrument and murdering him.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Kinghorn’s flat on Tuesday night.

He made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.

Kinghorn, who appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court for a brief hearing yesterday afternoon, was remanded in custody by Sheriff Donald Corke.

The body of 44-year-old Mr Mair, of Wellfield Road, was discovered at a flat in the Howegate shortly after 11pm.

Lothian and Borders Police subsequently launched a major investigation involving specialist trained officers, CID officers and uniformed police. Part of the Howegate was cordoned off during the early hours of Wednesday as police and forensic teams examined the crime scene, while door-to-door enquiries are still taking place in and around the area.

Police are continuing to appeal to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to come forward with any information.

They can contact the police station on 375051 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.