Church of Scotland minister and wife suffered serious head injuries in Scottish woods attack

Great-grandfather Frank Kinnis died in the incident
Great-grandfather Frank Kinnis died in the incident
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A Church of Scotland minister and his wife are in a stable condition in hospital after an incident at woods in Moray in which another pensioner died.


Police were called to reports three people had been attacked while they were walking at Birkenhill Woods near New Elgin around 9am on Monday.

Aberlour Parish Church

Aberlour Parish Church

They were all taken to Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin where 83-year-old Frank Kinnis later died.

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Rev Morris Smith, from Aberlour Parish Church, and his wife Janette, both aged 70, suffered serious head injuries, but were both in a stable condition yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the Kirk said: "We can confirm that one of our Church of Scotland ministers and his wife were injured in an incident that occurred at Birkenhill Woods, south of Elgin.

"Both are now in hospital receiving medical treatment. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and also with the family of the man who very tragically died.

"This has been a very distressing event for all those involved and we would ask that the family's privacy is respected whilst they recover."

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A statement from Mr Kinnis's family paid tribute to "a doting, warm-hearted and unfailingly dependable presence".

Police said a 35-year-old man had been charged in connection with the death of the great-grandfather.

He is due to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court today.