A man has denied murdering a Scotrail worker at his home in Aberdeen.
David Bain is accused of killing Clifford Anderson at a property in Jasmine Terrace, Aberdeen on August 23 last year.
Prosecutors claim the 60 year-old suffered blunt force injuries to his head and was stabbed with a knife.
Mr Anderson is said to have been so severely injured that he later died in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Bain, 27, faces further charges of having two knives and a bladed multi-tool in a public place as well as a breaching the peace.
His QC Mark Stewart pleaded not guilty on his behalf during a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.
A further hearing will be held in June to allow a trial date to be fixed.
After his death, Mr Anderson – who was employed at ScotRail for more than 30 years – was described by his family as a “happy, friendly person”.
They said the keen darts player was loved by his family and a “friend to many”, who would be “missed by all.”