Female neighbour charged with murder of pensioner Mary Logie

Police attend the scene at Greengates in Leven where 82-year-old Mary Logie's body was found. Picture: contributed

Police attend the scene at Greengates in Leven where 82-year-old Mary Logie's body was found. Picture: contributed

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A FEMALE neighbour of an 82-year-old woman found beaten to death in her own home has appeared in court charged with ­murder.

Mary Logie is believed to have been beaten with a rolling pin at her house in Green Gates, Leven, Fife.

Mary was friendly and outgoing, a kind lady who was bright and interesting to talk to. People are absolutely stunned

THE REV GILBERT NESBIT OF LEVEN PARISH KIRK

Sandra Weir, 40, of Green Gates, Leven, appeared on petition at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court yesterday.

She made no plea or declaration to the single charge of murder during the brief hearing, held in private.

Solicitor David Fitzpatrick made no motion for bail on her behalf. Sheriff Grant McCulloch continued the case for further examination and remanded Weir in custody ahead of a further hearing next week.

Mrs Logie’s body was discovered in her home in the Fife town around 8pm on 5 ­January.

She was reportedly last seen that morning when she said she was planning to visit shops and a friend in hospital.

A neighbour then discovered her body after concerns were raised when she failed to answer her phone.

Mrs Logie had lived in her flat in Green Gates for 45 years. Her husband, Walter, died in 1987, at the age of 56.

Her sons Derek and Ronald live in England while her daughter Caryl is in Australia.

A devoted churchgoer, she attended Leven Parish Church for Sunday services and lunches there twice a week.

Reverend Gilbert Nesbit, of Leven Parish Church, said: “I have been the minister here for nine years and she came virtually every Sunday and I would chat to her at the door.

“Mary was friendly and outgoing, a kind lady who was bright and interesting to talk to. People are absolutely stunned.

“There are many church members here who will be alarmed such a thing could have happened within the community at Leven.”

Police earlier said they were “using all resources to bring her killer to justice”.

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale said: “I wish to thank the Leven community who have assisted police since the start of this investigation and shown tremendous support for the work that’s being carried out.”

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