Tributes have been paid to a “doting” husband, father and grandfather after he died following an alleged assault in a north-east woodland.
Frank Kinnis, 83, passed away following the incident in New Elgin at around 9am on Monday.
Police say a 35-year-old man has now been charged in connection with his death and is due to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court today.
A woman and a man – both aged 70 – were also allegedly assaulted in Birkenhill Woods and are being treated at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin for serious head injuries. They remain in a stable condition.
In a statement, Mr Kinnis’ family said: “We are mourning the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
“He was a doting, warm-hearted and unfailingly dependable presence in each of our lives.
“There will also be fond memories of him among the farming and bowls communities in Elgin, where he was well known and liked.
“We will fondly remember him as he was in life and ask everyone who knew him to make certain that it is these memories of him that endure. While the police continue the investigation, we kindly ask that our privacy be respected.”
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Superintendent Kate Stephen said: “A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with these incidents and has now been charged.
“Given how incredibly rare and unusual this incident is for such a well-used and loved area, officers will be carrying out additional patrols and providing an increased presence over the coming days.
“Please approach any of our officers if you have information.”