PROSECUTORS have been allowed extra time to bring to trial a man charged with murdering a youth worker.

Ross Willox appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court in May accused of killing 39-year-old Emma Faulds.

Willox made no plea to charges of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice at that time.

The 40 year-old was in the dock today for a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

The Crown asked judge Lord Mulholland to extend certain legal time limits involved in the case.

The court heard how the body of Emma, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, had been discovered in the Galloway Forest area in Dumfriesshire after Willox appeared on petition.

Prosecutor Paul Kearney said the investigation was “considerable”.

Mr Kearney later added: “There are complex inquiries still to be undertaken that necessitate this extension of time.”

Lord Mulholland agreed to the request today.

It is expected Willox will appear for a preliminary hearing at the high court at a later date when he will face an indictment brought by the Crown.