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Emma Caldwell: Iain Packer on trial accused of 2005 murder

A man has gone on trial accused of murdering a woman nearly 19 years ago.

Iain Packer, 50, is accused of strangling Emma Caldwell, 27, with his hands and a cable, assaulting her, compressing her wrists, intending to rape her, and murdering her in Limefield woods in South Lanarkshire on 5 April 2005.

He is further charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice by allegedly disposing of Ms Caldwell's body, her mobile phone, clothing and personal belongings, as well as cleaning the interior of a car which belonged to him.

The jury was sworn in at the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday, with judge Lord Beckett advising the trial is estimated to last around six or seven weeks.

Packer faces 46 charges in total against 27 other women and four males, including 11 alleged rapes and charges of alleged assault, abduction, indecent assault and sexual assault.

He denies all charges against him.

The alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1990 and 2016, with a number of the alleged crimes involving other women also said to have taken place at Limefield woods.

Ms Caldwell was last seen between 12.30am and 1.30am on 5 April 2005 on London Road, Glasgow, and was reported missing by her family five days later.

The body of Ms Caldwell, who had been working as a sex worker in the city, was discovered in the woods on 8 May 2005.

The trial, before Lord Beckett, continues.