A father has denied killing his three-week-old daughter after allegedly assaulting her from the day she was born. Mikayla Haining was 23 days old when she died on June 8 last year at a flat in Inverness.
Thomas Haining, 20, is charged with repeatedly inflicting blunt force trauma to her head and body “by means to the prosecutor unknown” at a flat in the Hilton area of the city.
He allegedly assaulted Mikayla repeatedly from the day she was born to the day she died from her injuries.
Shelagh McCall QC, representing Haining, told the court there was a problem obtaining expert medical witnesses for the defence.
She said: “There is a dearth of experts for this kind of case in Scotland and those there have been snapped up by the Crown.”
The QC told the court she has now instructed medical experts from London.
Judge Lady Rae continued the case until February 8 next year.
A trial date is expected to be allocated then.
Haining, whose address was given as High Street, Grantown-on-Spey, had his bail continued.