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Marion Hodge: Trial begins for man accused of murdering wife in 1984

Marion Hodge: Trial begins for man accused of murdering wife in 1984

Image Source, Police Scotland

Photo Title, Marion Hodge disappeared from Lockerbie in 1984

Next year, the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife, who was last seen in 1984, will take place.

William Hodge allegedly murdered Marion Hodge in Lockerbie 40 years ago.

Court documents allege that Mr Hodge, 78, harmed his wife, who was 34 at the time, “in unknown ways”.

He faces a separate charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice by disposing of her body and personal effects. The case will be heard in Glasgow in March 2025.

Image Source, BILLY MCCRORIE

Photo Title, Marion Hodge was last seen in the Whitesands area of ​​Dumfries

The body of the mother of two, who was presumed dead in 1992, was never found.

Mr Hodge, a resident of a Bristol care home, was not required to attend the virtual hearing before Lord Mulholland.

His defense attorney, Michael Anderson KC, pleaded not guilty.

A second psychological report will be presented at a hearing on October 23, at which time it may be determined that Mr. Hodge is fit to stand trial.

A missing person has been reported

The case was investigated three times: in 1984, 2006 and again in 2021.

During the investigations, almost 500 witnesses were questioned and 769 statements were recorded.

Marion Hodge was last seen at Whitesands on 6 July 1984, carrying a blue canvas suitcase and a brown handbag.

She wore a cream blouse with a high collar, a gray skirt, and black sandals.

She was reported missing to Dumfries and Galloway Police three days later.

Lord Mulholland set a trial date for March 11, 2025.