Father blames someone else for daughter's death in Inverness
Thomas Haining (20) denied murdering his three-week-old daughter when he appeared in court this week.
He is accused of repeatedly inflicting blunt force trauma to his daughter Mikayla's head and body at an address in Mackay Road, Inverness in 2017 and lodged a special defence blaming someone else for her death.
Haining, from Grantown-on-Spey, pleaded not guilty to murdering the baby at her home when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow this week.
The person he blames for Mikayla's death is a Crown witness in the case but was not named in court.
The offences allegedly happened between the day Mikayla was born on May 17, 2017 and June 8 that year.
Haining is due to go on trial on September 5.
An evidential hearing has been set for July 8 and 9 to deal with issues regarding admissibility of evidence.