Men in court after body discovery

The body of Russell Robertson (27) was discovered in the early hours of Sunday
The body of Russell Robertson (27) was discovered in the early hours of Sunday

Two men have appeared in court following the discovery of a body in Falkirk early yesterday morning.

The pair are alleged to have pushed Russell Robertson over a canal bridge and prised loose his hands as he clutched its rails.

Mark Munro (30), of Denny, and James Robertson (26), of Westquarter, made no plea or declaration and Sheriff Derek Livingston continued their cases for further examination.

The pair were remanded in custody.

They are charged with assaulting Mr Robertson (27) by seizing him by the neck, pushing him over the railings at Bainsford Bridge in Grahams Road, and whilst he was hanging from the railings, punching him on the hands, prising his hands from the railings, causing him to fall to his injury and murdering him.

After his death, Mr Robertson’s distraught family paid tribute to the dead man in a statement issued through the police.

They said: “We are totally devastated at the loss of Russell. He was a much loved son, brother, nephew and uncle.”

Russell’s body was found near Grahams Road at around 5am on Sunday.