DUNDEE, Scotland (AP) _ A British nurse convicted of murder in Saudi Arabia but later freed, pleaded innocent in Scotland on Friday to separate charges of theft and fraud.

Lucille McLauchlan did not appear in court, and her lawyers entered the plea.

Justice James Scott set a trial date of Dec. 17, and ordered McLauchlan to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Nov. 17.

McLauchlan and another British nurse, Deborah Parry, were convicted in Saudi Arabia for the December 1996 murder of Australian nurse Yvonne Gilford, who was stabbed, suffocated and beaten in her room at a Saudi hospital where all three women worked.

Saudi King Fahd freed the two nurses on May 20 as an ``act of clemency.''

In Scotland, McLauchlan is charged with stealing $3,200 in 1996 from a dying patient at Dundee's Kings Cross Hospital whose credit card she had stolen.

McLauchlan was fired from the hospital in May 1996 after a police investigation, then applied for the job in Saudi Arabia and left the country.

Prosecutors in the Saudi murder case claimed McLauchlan used Gilford's bank card to steal money after the nurse was killed.

Parry and McLauchlan said their confessions to Gilford's murder were extracted under brutal treatment, and they later retracted them.