The trial of a renowned Scots memory doctor, accused of attacking and injuring his estranged wife five years ago, has been postponed for more than four months.

Fraser Inglis, who carries out pioneering studies into Alzheimer’s disease, is alleged to have attacked Elizabeth Inglis, also known as Elizabeth Rowbottom, by repeatedly trapping her arm in a door in Dunblane.

He is further alleged to have then pushed her to the floor, and repeatedly kicked her on the head.

Inglis (50), of Leny Feus near Kilmahog in Perthshire, is alleged to have carried out the attack, all to Elizabeth’s injury, at an address in Glen Road, Dunblane, sometime during February 2010.

He denies the charge.

The summary was scheduled to go ahead at Stirling Sheriff Court last Thursday (26 February), but Sheriff Walter Mercer agreed to postpone it to 6 and 14 July to allow it to run before a visiting sheriff over two days close together.

Neither of Stirling’s resident sheriffs are able to take the trial because of a long-running matrimonial action in the court between the parties.