Melrose murder enquiry – woman named as Eileen Thomson

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The 70-year-old woman at the heart of a Melrose murder enquiry has been named as Eileen Thomson.

Mrs Thomson died at Borders General Hospital on Tuesday, April 18, following an incident at an address in Priorwood Court, Melrose on Sunday, April 9.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, Mrs Thomson’s family said: “Eileen was the heart of our family and her tragic passing has left us all devastated.

“We are fully supportive of Police Scotland’s investigation into the circumstances of her death and ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time.”

Mrs Thomson’s death is being treated as a murder enquiry and a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

David Thomson, 69, appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court in connection with this incident on Tuesday, April 11, where he was remanded to custody.

He is due to make a further appearance today (Thursday, April 20) at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Lothians and Scottish Borders Division’s Criminal Investigation Department is continuing to support Mrs Thomson’s family at this time through specially-trained family liaison Officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Healy said: “This is a tragic loss for Eileen’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them as they come to terms with this bereavement.

“Although we are investigating the circumstances surrounding Eileen’s death, we are treating this as an isolated incident and are not looking to speak to anyone else.

“We understand that Eileen’s death will be felt keenly throughout the local community.

“I would advise anyone with concerns regarding this incident to speak to their local community officer or to contact Police Scotland through 101.”