Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of Ross MacGillivray in Inverness.

The 36-year-old was found seriously injured in the St Ninian Drive area of the city shortly after 12am on Sunday, November 12. Emergency services were called to the scene but he died a short time later.

Police confirmed they were treating his death as ‘murder’ following the results of a post-mortem. Craig Hayden, 28, and Leon Headey, 21, appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday charged with murder and an attempt to defeat the ends of justice.

Hayden, from Alness, made no plea. Headey, from Liverpool, also made no plea.

The pair were remanded in custody while the case was submitted for further examination. They are due to reappear in court within the next eight days.

Meanwhile, the family of Mr MacGillivray have remembered him as a "doting father".

In a statement released through Police Scotland, they said: "Ross was a loving husband, a doting father, loved by his family and friends and all who met him. He will be especially missed but definitely not forgotten. We love you to the Moon, the stars, Jupiter and Mars.”

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