The Courier

Murder accused’s bid for bail is rejected by sheriff

Police search alongside Maggie's Wall Memorial during the Annalise Johnstone murder investigation.

A woman accused of murdering young charity worker Annalise Johnstone has had her bid for bail rejected.

Angela Newlands was initially granted bail, with a curfew order, when she appeared on petition at Perth Sheriff Court on Friday.

But the move was blocked by prosecutors and she was taken into custody, pending an appeal hearing on Tuesday.

A Crown Office spokesman confirmed following the private hearing, 28-year-old Newlands was remanded in custody. She is expected to be fully committed for trial at a follow-up hearing on Friday.

Newlands is alleged to have murdered Miss Johnstone, 22, at the Maggie Wall’s Memorial near Dunning, Perthshire, on May 9 or 10 this year.

Annalise’s brother Jordan Johnstone, 24, is also facing trial accused of the murder.

Newlands, of Inchture, is alleged to have assaulted Miss Johnstone, from Ayrshire, by repeatedly striking her on the neck with a sharp implement.

It is alleged she cut her victim’s neck and murdered her by the witch memorial next to the B8062 road between Auchterarder and Dunning.

Jordan Johnstone, 24, has already been fully committed for trial in connection with an identical charge relating to the alleged murder of his sister Annalise.

Johnstone, c/o Perth Prison, made a second appearance in private at Perth Sheriff Court on June 1 and made no motion for bail. He was remanded in custody.

The petition against him alleged that he repeatedly struck his sister in the neck with a sharp implement at the witch’s monument.

Annalise’s body was found in woods at the side of the B8062 Auchterarder to Dunning road on May 10.

The grim discovery prompted a major police investigation across Tayside, with at least 11 locations sealed off.