Police re-open investigation into murder of Falkirk grandmother Norah Smith

Norah Smith was murdered in her Falkirk home in January 1993
Norah Smith was murdered in her Falkirk home in January 1993
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The unsolved murder of a Falkirk grandmother who was killed in her home is to be reinvestigated by police.

The Crown Office announced this afternoon that it had instructed Police Scotland to reexamine the death of Norah Smith, who was attacked in her home in January 1993.

Smith, 64 at the time of her death, was also known as Norah Benzie.

Officers and prosecutors from the Crown Office’s cold case review unit have met with Ms Smith’s family to advise them of the investigation and said they will be kept informed of developments.

Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC is leading the Crown Office review of unresolved murders.

Earlier this year, she said the memory of brutal scenes she has witnessed over her career made her determined to tackle historic unsolved cases.

The cold case unit was set up in June last year to tackle unsolved murders and other serious crimes.

A man went on trial over the murder a decade ago but the case was found not proven.

Reform of Scotland’s centuries-old double jeopardy law, which came into force at the end of 2011, means the original accused could face retrial.