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Summary

  1. Man found guilty of frying pan murder
  2. Man, 70, accused of Inverness murder
  3. Inquiry after woman raped in park
  4. Apology over brain damage case delay
  5. UKIP wants 30p tax rate in Scotland
  6. Inverness-born PC missing in London
  7. Californian snake found in cutlery drawer

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By Jo Perry and Katherine Sutherland

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  2. Army sergeant found not guilty of murder over 'machete attack'

    John Norwood, 38, is accused of "hunting" for his victim, Lance Sergeant James Warnock, for several hours at their barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, before attacking him with a machete, almost slicing his arm off.   

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    The jury at Winchester Crown Court took eight hours to come to the verdict.

    They are still considering their verdicts for an alternative charge of wounding with intent and a third charge of attempted wounding with intent.

  3. Video: North Sea construction work done in Singapore

    BBC Scotland's Kevin Keane reports

    Work has started on platforms to exploit the biggest gas discovery in the North Sea for more than a decade.

    But the construction work for the £4.5bn Culzean project is being carried out in Singapore - even though tax breaks from the UK government have made it economically viable. 

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    Video caption: Work has begun on the £4.5bn Maersk Oil gas project
  4. Catholic monk found guilty of a catalogue of abuse

    Michael Murphy, 82, was known as Brother Benedict at St Joseph's List D residential school in Tranent. 

    Irish-born Murphy denied a string of charges against him during his trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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    Image caption: Edinburgh High Court

    A jury convicted him of 15 charges of assault and indecent assault involving eight boys over the decade up to 1981.

    Murphy was acquitted of a further two charges on Thursday.

  5. Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Glasgow condemn statement by man accused of murdering Asad Shah

    They are also calling on other Muslum leaders to publicly condemn it.

    Abdul Ghaffar Abid, the Ahmadiyya community president, said Ahmaddiyas do not disrespect the Prophet, they follow the Prophet.

    They are urging the government and law enforcement agencies to take all possible steps to root out all forms of religious hatred, intolerance and sectarianism.

  6. Radio election debate: Be in the audience for Highlands hustings

    Do you want to be in the audience of a special programme putting politicians under the spotlight?

    BBC Scotland is hosting TV and radio debates ahead of the Holyrood election on 5 May. 

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    On 27 April, a hustings radio debate will be held at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, in the Inverness and Nairn Constituency.

    The panel of politicians for the evening will comprise of the SNP's Fergus Ewing, Labour's David Stewart, the Liberal Democrat's Carolyn Caddic, Edward Mountain for the Conservatives and John Finnie representing the Scottish Greens.

  7. In pictures: the Holyrood election campaign trail continues

    Patrick Harvie was in Hamilton whilst Nicola Sturgeon paid a visit to Maryhill in Glasgow.

    Kezia Dugdale was at a credit union in Renfrewshire,and Ruth Davidson kept up yesterday's culinary theme with a trip to a sweet shop in Edinburgh

    Willie Rennie was photographed with a fish eagle in Fife and UKIP launched their manifesto.

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  8. Seventy-year-old man in court charged with murder of woman in Inverness

    The body of Elizabeth Mackay, or Muir, was discovered at her home in the city's Hilton area on Thursday last week.

    Elizabeth MacKay

    Michael Taylor, also from Inverness, appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court before Sheriff Margaret Neilson accused of killing the 60-year-old.

    During the brief court appearance, Taylor made no plea or declaration and was remanded into custody. He is due to appear in court again on 15 April.

  9. Jury find Nikola Zhulev guilty of murdering Perthshire jeweller in unanimous verdict

    Pizza chef Zhulev, 31, killed Alan Gardner at his home near Perth last April. 

    He had hit Mr Gardner over the head with a metal frying pan.

  10. Watch: Full forecast for Scotland with Anne Lunden

    A mixture of showers and dry spells for the rest of the day before showers largely fade away overnight.

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    Video caption: A mixture of bright spells and showers for the rest of the day.

    Light showers return in the east on Friday with rain creeping in from the west in the evening.

  11. McGhee worried Motherwell will miss out on top six place unless they take points from Celtic

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    St Johnstone, Dundee and Partick Thistle can all leapfrog Motherwell on the final weekend before the split.

    Motherwell have surged up the table, winning five league matches in a row

    A draw at Fir Park in the lunchtime kick-off would lift the fourth-placed side out of range of the latter two.

    "I think if we don't take anything on Saturday, we're in trouble," said McGhee.

  12. Twenty-one-year-old man charged over vandalism of 20 vehicles in one night

    Police said the man was reported to the procurator fiscal after the cars were targeted in the Anderson Avenue and Hilton Drive areas of Aberdeen last Friday.

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    Image caption: Police said 20 vehicles in Hilton Road (pictured) and Anderson Avenue were vandalised

    Jordan Blyth from Police Scotland said: "Significant inconvenience and distress has been caused to the owners of the vehicles and inquiries are ongoing."

    Police have urged anyone with information about the vandalism to come forward.

  13. Police investigating if two robberies on elderly men on same night in Glasgow are linked

    An 86-year-old man was taken to hospital with facial injuries after three men forced their way into his flat in Garturk Street in the Govanhill area and stole coins worth a two-figure amount.

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    Image caption: The 86-year-old man was attacked in Garturk Street in Govanhill

    The incident happened at about 22:45 on Wednesday and the man remains in hospital in a stable condition.

    Earlier that evening, a 73-year-old was walking on Belleisle Street in Govanhill when he was grabbed by a man who pushed him to the ground and ran off with his wallet containing a small sum of cash.

    Police said the men responsible have all been described as being of eastern European appearance.

  14. Apology to brain damaged girl's parents who sued NHS for £10.5m

    Jacqueline and Andrew MacLeod claimed staff at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness acted negligently when delivering their daughter Rowan in June 1999.

    A judge heard their case in 2012 but did not issue his opinion until 2014, at which point he dismissed their claim for compensation. 

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    Mr and Mrs MacLeod alleged that Rowan, who has cerebral palsy, was not properly monitored during her birth and suffered brain damage as a consequence of this.  

    Appeal judges Lord Brodie, Lady Dorrian and Lord Drummond Young have now ruled his decision correct but said it was not delivered "within a reasonable time".