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Man accused of killing gangland figure Martin Hamilton

Martin Hamilton Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Martin Hamilton went missing in April of last year

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a former gangland figure whose remains were found in woodland.

James Laurence Farrelly, 51, is accused of killing Martin Hamilton whose body was found near West Calder in West Lothian on 17 December.

At Livingston Sheriff Court, Mr Farrelly, from Blackburn, West Lothian, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Hamilton, from Glasgow, was previously one of Scotland's most wanted men.

He was released from prison in September 2014 but went missing in April last year.

Hamilton was nicknamed the Blackhill Butcher, after the Glasgow housing estate from which he operated.

He had been on the police's most-wanted list before he was jailed in 2000 over a string of charges including drug dealing, torture, abduction and sodomy.

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