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Bail for woman, 28, in court accused of murdering Annalise Johnstone by slitting her throat

Annalise Johnstone

A 28-year-old woman has appeared in court accused of murdering Annalise Johnstone by slitting her throat.

Angela Newlands is alleged to have murdered the 22-year-old in the shadow of Maggie Wall’s Memorial near Dunning, Perthshire, on May 9 or 10.

Newlands, of Green Julian Place, Inchture, appeared in private at Perth Sheriff Court to face a murder petition.

She is alleged to have assaulted Miss Johnstone, from Ayrshire, by repeatedly striking her on the neck with a sharp implement.

It is alleged she cut her victim’s neck and murdered her by the memorial adjacent to the B8062 road between Auchterarder and Dunning.

Newlands, who is the second person to face a murder charge in connection with Miss Johnstone’s death, made no plea and was granted bail with a curfew condition by Sheriff William Wood.

The case was continued for further examination and the Crown intimated its intention to appeal against the granting of bail.

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Jordan Johnstone, 24, has already been fully committed for trial in connection with an identical charge relating to the murder of his sister Annalise.

Johnstone, of Perth Prison, made a second appearance in private at Perth Sheriff Court on June 1 and made no motion for bail.

He was remanded in custody.

The petition against him alleged that he repeatedly struck his sister in the neck with a sharp implement at the witch’s monument.

Johnstone, who had been living in Perthshire, also faced a second charge alleging he had stolen a caravan in Irvine, Ayrshire, on May 9.

His court appearance came after a major fortnight-long police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of Miss Johnstone’s body.