Two housekeepers accused of stealing from the stately home of former Glasgow Rangers FC owner Craig Whyte have launched a claim for unfair dismissal.
Jane Hagan and Terrance Horan deny stealing a haul of items from Castle Grant, near Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, where they had worked for two years.
It is claimed the pair stole ornaments, a quad bike, heaters, cufflinks and a clay pigeon machine and its cover – between June and September last year. They are due to stand trial in June at Inverness Sheriff Court.
An employment tribunal will hear their case for unfair dismissal once the criminal proceedings have finished.
The couple are accused of the theft of more than 50 items which also include two of Mr Whyte’s jumpers, a bin, three pens, a fuel card, headed paper, a photo album and a telescope.
Other items alleged to have been taken include two lamps, electrical gear, old Dutch guilders, two wooden bowls, a compass, two benches and a table and chairs.
A planter, hip flask, a set of cups, a silver photo frame, heaters and a trunk are also alleged to have been stolen.
The trial, due to take place on 10th June after a pre-trial hearing on 14th May, is expected to see Whyte called as a witness for both the prosecution and the defence.
The former Ibrox chairman, originally from Motherwell, bought historic Castle Grant in 2006 for £720,000. He also has a home in Monaco.