A man will stand trial charged with murdering his ex-lover then putting her body in a bag.

Craig Walker, 40, is accused of killing Lauren Wilson at a flat in Renfrew on 26th May last year.

It is claimed he repeatedly struck and stabbed the 34 year-old with a knife on the head and body.

The murder charges further states Walker compressed her neck and inflicted blunt force injuries by means unknown.

Walker is then accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice on the same date.

This includes claims he wrapped Lauren in sheets and tape before placing her in large sports bag with the “intention of disposing of her body”.

Walker is also said to have sent messages from his former partner’s phone pretending to be her.

The indictment alleges he done all this to “avoid detection, arrest and prosecution”.

Addresses listed in this charge are the flat where the allege murder occurred, the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew as well as a house in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Walker also faces an earlier allegation of having two knives on 20th May, 2021.

Thomas Ross, defending, pled not guilty on his behalf during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow today.

The QC described the case as “quite complicated”.

Both he and prosecutor David Dickson agreed a trial could be fixed.

Lord Doherty set a trial due to begin in March 2023.

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