Children murder accused 'to appear in court in person'

Theresa Riggi with Cecilia and twins Luke and Austin. (Picture obtained by the BBC)
Image caption Theresa Riggi allegedly murdered Cecilia and twins Luke and Austin

A woman charged with the murder of her three children will appear in court in person for the next stage of her case, BBC Scotland has learned.

Twins Austin and Luke Riggi, eight, and their sister Cecilia, five, were found dead in Edinburgh on 4 August, after moving from Skene, Aberdeenshire.

Theresa Riggi, 46, was later charged with murder.

It was unclear if she was medically fit to attend, but she is now due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday.

The children were found in a flat in Edinburgh's Slateford Road.

California-born Mrs Riggi was found badly injured and has been receiving treatment in hospital.

She faced murder charges at a special hearing in private at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 24 August.

The court made an assessment order detaining Mrs Riggi in hospital.

'Beautiful blessing'

A Scottish Courts Service spokeswoman said a private hearing was due at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday morning when the assessment order would be reviewed.

She revealed Mrs Riggi was now expected to attend in person.

A funeral service for the three children was held in Aberdeen last month.

Their father Pasquale Riggi had earlier described the trio as a "beautiful blessing".

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