Two carers have been convicted of murdering a 19-year-old lady whose genocide they lonesome adult for 20 years and whose physique has never been found.
Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, killed Margaret Fleming in Dec 1999 or Jan of a following year.
The authorities usually became questionable in Oct 2016 when concerns were lifted about a advantages explain done by Jones on Ms Fleming’s behalf.
A outrageous military hunt operation has unsuccessful to find any snippet of Ms Fleming.
Cairney insisted during a hearing during a High Court in Glasgow that Ms Fleming is still alive and had left to London.
He claimed that she frequently returned to their home in Inverkip, Inverclyde, when she indispensable money.
He also claimed Ms Fleming, who had training problems and went to live with a integrate after her father’s genocide in 1995, fled out of a behind doorway when military initial arrived during a house, that is famous as Seacroft, to hunt for her.
But a jury found Cairney and Jones guilty of murder after a seven-week trial.
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Jones was also found guilty of fraudulently claiming £182,000 in advantages by sanctimonious that Ms Fleming was alive.
Lord Matthews, a hearing judge, pronounced he would pass judgment subsequent month after amicable work and medical reports are gathered on a pair.
Speaking outward court, Det Supt Paul Livingstone – who led a review – pronounced Ms Fleming had been a “very exposed immature lady who was manipulated, abused, neglected and eventually murdered by a dual people who should have been looking after her”.
He pronounced it was transparent that Cairney and Jones had been encouraged by income and kept a teen in conditions that were “utterly outrageous and uninhabitable” before murdering her.
He added: “We will never know usually how Margaret was killed. What we do know is that she lived her final days in what can usually be described as a vital hell.
“She contingency have felt that she was alone in a universe with nobody entrance to assistance her, that is usually distressing to consider of.”
Inverclyde Council pronounced it was asked by a procurator mercantile not to lift out an review before a hearing concluded.
A orator said: “Inverclyde’s multi-agency open insurance committees will now work with all a organisations concerned in Margaret’s box on a full, minute hearing of a events heading adult to her comfortless death.”
The final eccentric sighting of Ms Fleming, who quickly attended James Watt College before effectively being hold restrained by a couple, was when Jones’ hermit Richard saw her on 17 Dec 1999.
She did not join a rest of a family for Christmas cooking a following week. On 5 Jan of a following year, Jones told her mom that Margaret had run off with travellers.
There have been no sightings of her since, and detectives were incompetent to settle how she died or what happened to her physique – nonetheless a former firefighter told a hearing he once smelled what he believed was blazing tellurian strength entrance from a bonfire during Cairney and Jones’ home.
The span attempted to cover their marks by travelling to London, and letters purporting to be from Ms Fleming were posted to their home in a bid to cover adult their crime.
Bogus diary and calendar entries were also created to advise Ms Fleming had left a residence voluntarily.
Despite this her advantages continued to be paid into Jones’ account, though challenge, for some-more than a decade.
The hearing listened that a advantages questioner attempted to revisit Ms Fleming in Jun 2012 though was told by Jones that she would not see her.
The questioner pronounced a avocation amicable workman should have visited a “totally chaotic” skill to follow adult on a immature woman’s welfare, though nobody did.
When military were finally alerted 4 years after it was as a outcome of an focus for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – that had been filled out by Jones.
In it she wrote that Ms Fleming “needs consistent care”, had self spoiled and was “caught eating out of a dog bowl”.
A amicable workman phoned Jones to offer assistance and was told Ms Fleming had not been to a doctor, notwithstanding picking a hole in her head.
Police Scotland subsequently launched a blank persons’ review in Oct 2016 though an endless hunt of a residence – that enclosed dual downstairs bedrooms full of balderdash – and a drift unsuccessful to expose any snippet of Ms Fleming.
Despite their suspicions, detectives did not have adequate justification to assign a integrate – though that altered after Cairney done a array of outlandish claims in interviews with reporters including BBC Scotland’s Suzanne Allan in Oct 2017.
He pronounced Ms Fleming had became a “gangmaster” and was also “buying and selling” drugs.
Cairney after told a hearing that he had met Margaret in London dual years ago.
Cairney and Jones were incarcerated on 25 Oct of that year during Glasgow Central Station as they attempted to house a sight to London while carrying £3,500 in cash.