Date set for trial of Ahmad Yazdanparast over ex-wife's death in salon fire

Ahdie Khayatzadeh Ahdie Khayatzadeh died following a fire at a hair and beauty salon in Stirling

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A man is to stand trial in May charged with the murder of his ex-wife, who died after a fire at a hair salon.

Ahmad Yazdanparast is accused of killing Ahdie Khayatzadeh at Venus Hair and Beauty in Stirling on 12 October last year.

The 61-year-old is alleged to have poured petrol or a similar flammable substance over her head and body and set fire to her.

Miss Khayatzadeh, 46, later died at the Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert.

Lawyers for Mr Yazdanparast entered a special defence of self defence at a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

He had originally appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court last October in connection with the death.

Solicitors confirmed that Mr Yazdanparast is due to stand trial at the High Court in Edinburgh on 20 May.

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his ex-wife, who died after a fire at a hair salon.

Ahdie Khayatzadeh, 46, died in Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, Falkirk, on Saturday 12 October.

She had been injured in the blaze in Venus Hair and Beauty in Maxwell Place, Stirling, earlier that day.

Ahmad Yazdanparast, 61, appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court and made no plea or declaration. He was remanded in custody.

Earlier this month, Ms Khayatzadeh's family said her death had left a "huge void" in their lives.

In a statement they said she was a "wonderful woman who was devoted to her family and spent every spare minute she could with them".

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