A man appeared in court today accused of murdering a Dutch artist while robbing him of £10.
John Styles is alleged to have battered Jeroen van Neijhof with a piece of wood and repeatedly striking him and kicking him on the head and body.
Prosecutors say Styles then repeatedly struck him on the head and body with a knife or similar instrument and murdered him, as well as robbing him of £10 cash, a box and its contents.
It is alleged he was on two bail orders – one from seven days before the alleged murder – at the time.
Mr van Neijhof, 38, was a professional artist and sculptor, originally from Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
He produced paintings and paper sculptures from his studio at his home, selling them online for hundreds of pounds each.
Styles, 21, of no fixed abode, made no plea to a single charge of murder and robbery during a private hearing on petition at Dundee Sheriff Court today.
Defence solicitor David Duncan made no motion for bail on Styles’ behalf during a brief hearing.
Sheriff Tom Hughes continued the case for further examination and remanded Styles in custody meantime.
He is expected to appear back in court next week.
Mr van Neijhof was found dead at his flat in Dundee’s Brown Constable Street at around 9.35am on Friday May 25.