A man was accused yesterday of sexually assaulting and murdering 77-year-old Glasgow widow Emily Mutch nearly two years ago.

Thomas Galloway, 41, of Murano Street, Maryhill, Glasgow, ap-peared in private at the city's sheriff court is charged with punching and kicking Mrs Mutch in her home in Buccleuch Street, Garnethill, Glasgow, on July 4 or 5, 1996. The charge also alleges he committed indecent sex acts against her, murdered her and stole items of jewellery. His lawyer made no plea or declaration and Mr Galloway was remanded in custody for further inquiries.