Man in court after body discovery

By Michael MacLeod

A MAN has appeared in court after human remains were found outside an Edinburgh flat.
Samantha Wright InvestigationsRobert Chalmers, 57, was charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (Wed).

He appeared from custody in private before Sheriff Gordon Liddle, and lawyer Andrew Houston spoke on his behalf.

Mr Chalmers was remanded in custody after making no plea or declaration to the charge and was committed for further examination.

His appearance in court follows the discovery of the body of Samantha Wright, 25, at the city’s Magdalene Drive on Monday.

Pensioner, 85, detained by police after Clermiston woman, 74, stabbed in chest

By Shaun Milne, Oliver Farrimond & Paul Thornton

POLICE were called to the scene of a bloody knife assault on a 74-year-old woman in Edinburgh yesterday – and left stunned to discover her alleged attacker was an 85-year-old man.

Officers raced to the drama after being alerted to the incident at Clermiston Road at around 1pm to discover the woman needing urgent medical attention after being stabbed in the chest.

The woman – who was said to be in a “serious” condition, was ferried by ambulance to the specialist accident and emergency unit at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where doctors were able to stabilise her.clermistonrdstabbing

Detectives quickly apprehended the man in connection with the incident and took him into custody for questioning.


Fellow officers sealed off both ends of the street at Old Kirk Road and Corstorphine Hill Crescent while they launched a full investigation.

Officers in uniform were seen taking statements from locals while diversions were put in place for traffic and notified to early evening radio bulletins.

Police later confirmed they were taking the incident seriously and appealed for help in piecing together just what had happened. Continue reading

Polish rapist has ‘Evil Soul’ says Edinburgh woman

By Shaun Milne

A WOMAN who fears she came face to face with Polish sex attacker Tomasz Kryczyk while his victim was still being raped described him as “evil” yesterday – and spoke of her regret at not calling police when she had the chance.L&B POLICE SIGN

The 39-year-old from Dalry in Edinburgh – who does not want to be identified – said she stumbled across the sadist as he scrambled up an embankment and started adjusting his clothing.

It was thought his co-accused – Michal Marchlewski – may still have been raping their 24-year-old Australian victim during an eight hour ordeal.


Today the woman told how she will always regret failing to call police despite admitting being spooked by their “sinister” behaviour.

And while Kryczyk hanged himself in prison and Marchlewski faces life in jail, she knows the life of their victim has been ruined forever.

She said: “They say the eyes are a way to see to the soul and his were evil.” Continue reading

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Police confirm remains found at Edinburgh flat are that of missing Samantha Wright

by Shaun Milne

POLICE have this morning confirmed remains found at an address in Edinburgh are those of missing Stevenage woman Samantha Wright.

Inquiries are ongoing at a property in Magdalene Drive in the Duddingston area of the city which has been sealed off while forensic teams hunt for clues.

Samantha, who had been living in Edinburgh, was last known to be in the east end of the city on June 12th 2008.Contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131


Concerns for her safety grew after she failed to contact her family in Stevenage for Christmas, or her birthday on January 5th, and a missing person investigation was launched.

A 57-year-old man has been charged in connection with the discovery and was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.  Continue reading