Pictured: Pensioner, 83, killed as he walked in woods as man, 35, is charged with murder and attacking two 70-year-olds who suffered serious head injuries

  • Frank Kinnis, 83, was found badly beaten at Birkenhill Woods yesterday morning 
  • He died a short time later in Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin according to police
  • A 35-year-old man has been charged in connection with Mr Kinnis' murder
  • A man and a woman in their 70s were also found with head injuries in the woods 

Frank Kinnis, 83, died after he was attacked while walking at Birkenhill Woods, near New Elgin at 9am on Monday. A man and a woman in their 70s suffered serious head injuries in the attack

Frank Kinnis, 83, died after he was attacked while walking at Birkenhill Woods, near New Elgin at 9am on Monday. A man and a woman in their 70s suffered serious head injuries in the attack

A man has been charged after a pensioner died and two people were seriously injured following an incident at woods in Moray.

Police were called to reports three people had been attacked while they were walking at Birkenhill Woods near New Elgin at around 9am on Monday.

They were all taken to Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin where Frank Kinnis, 83, later died.

A man and woman, both aged 70, suffered serious head injuries and are both in a stable condition.

Police said a 35-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death.

He is due to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The family of Mr Kinnis paid tribute to him in a statement issued through police.

It read: 'We are mourning the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

'He was a doting, warm-hearted and unfailingly dependable presence in each of our lives.

'There will also be fond memories of him among the farming and bowls communities in Elgin, where he was well known and liked.

'We will fondly remember him as he was in life, and ask everyone who knew him to make certain that it is these memories of him that endure.

'While the police continue the investigation, we kindly ask that our privacy be respected.'

Police said they will be increasing patrols in the area and appealed for information about the incident.

Police closed off an area of woodland yesterday morning after the attack was reported at Birkenhill Woods near New Elgin at around 9am on Monday

Police closed off an area of woodland yesterday morning after the attack was reported at Birkenhill Woods near New Elgin at around 9am on Monday

Mr Kinnis died after being taken to hospital. A man and woman in their 70s suffered  serious head injuries. A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

Mr Kinnis died after being taken to hospital. A man and woman in their 70s suffered  serious head injuries. A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

Superintendent Kate Stephen said: 'A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with these incidents and has now been charged, therefore we are unable to speculate or answer questions regarding the circumstances'

Superintendent Kate Stephen said: 'A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with these incidents and has now been charged, therefore we are unable to speculate or answer questions regarding the circumstances'

Superintendent Kate Stephen said: 'A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with these incidents and has now been charged, therefore we are unable to speculate or answer questions regarding the circumstances.

'Given how incredibly rare and unusual this incident is for such a well-used and loved area, officers will be carrying out additional patrols here and providing an increased presence over the coming days - please approach any our officers if you have information, or even if you just want to speak to someone about your concerns.

' I am acutely aware of the impact this incident has had on the local community and I include in that my own officers who not only work in the area but many of whom also live in the communities.

'Moray prides itself on being one of the safest places to live, which makes this incident all the more tragic.'

 

Pictured: Pensioner, 83, killed as he walked in woods

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