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Retired firefighter facing murder charge found dead

Priorwood Court Credit: Google Maps

A retired firefighter from the Scottish Borders, who had been charged with murdering his wife, has been found dead.

David Thomson, who was on bail, was discovered at a house in Edinburgh by police officers on Monday 13 November.

The 69-year-old was expected to stand trial next year over the death of his wife, Eileen, in the wake of an incident at a sheltered housing complex in Melrose.

Eileen died in Borders General Hospital on April 18, nine days after police raced to a house in Priorwood Court, over reports of concern for her welfare.

David Thomson, who was a firefighter for more than 25 years, was initially charged with attempted murder but after his 70-year-old wife passed away, he was back in court to face a murder charge.

He retired from the fire service for medical reasons after a roof collapsed on him during a rescue.

Police were called to an address in Shandon Place in Edinburgh at about 7am on Monday following the sudden death of a man in his 60s.

The death is being treated an unexplained but not suspicious and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

– police spokeswoman