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Morningside pensioner Eleanor Whitelaw dies in hospital

Morningside Grove Pic: Morag Kinniburgh
Image caption Eleanor Whitelaw was attacked in her Morningside home

An 85-year-old woman who was found seriously injured in her Edinburgh home has died.

Eleanor Whitelaw was taken to hospital two weeks ago after being found in her Morningside home.

Police Scotland said the incident was now being treated as murder.

Robert Buczek, 23, was charged with attempted murder and assault to severe injury and danger of life when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Prof Bruce Whitelaw of the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, where Dolly the cloned sheep was created in 1996, is Mrs Whitelaw's son.

Prof Whitelaw is deputy director and head of division of developmental biology at Edinburgh University's Easter Bush campus.

Janet McLean, a neighbour, told BBC Scotland: "She was a very nice lady. She was very polite, jolly, she spoke to everybody. She was really very nice.

"You did see her and occasionally with her husband, they would go out together, but most times she would be by herself.

"She always spoke to people on the bus. I feel very sad about it."

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