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Corstorphine Hill murder: Son in court charged with Phyllis Dunleavy's death

Phyllis Dunleavy and the facial reconstruction
Image caption Phyllis Dunleavy was identified after police produced a reconstruction of her face

The son of a 66-year-old woman whose body was found in a shallow grave on Corstorphine Hill in Edinburgh has appeared in court charged with her murder.

James Dunleavy, known as Seamus, appeared in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Police earlier revealed that the woman had been indentified as Phyllis Dunleavy, from Dublin.

Mr Dunleavy made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

His mother's dismembered body was found by a cyclist on 6 June.

She is understood to have been visiting her son who lived in Balgreen Road, at the foot of Corstorphine Hill.

It took detectives a month to identify her.

The breakthrough came when they released a computer-generated image of her face, based on a CT scan of her skull.

A member of her family in Ireland saw the image and contacted police.

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