Bogus carers jailed for life for murdering vulnerable woman

A man and a woman have been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 14 years each for murdering a vulnerable woman, who they should have been caring for, almost two decades ago. Margaret Fleming, who had learning difficulties, vanished from "the face of the Earth" around December 1999. Her body has never been found. Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow after being found guilty by majority of murdering the missing woman following a seven-week trial at the same court. Jones was also convicted unanimously of fraudulently claiming £182,000 in benefits by pretending Ms Fleming, who would now have been 38, was alive and the couple were both convicted of perverting the course of justice.

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