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A disturbing story. I will watch this with interest and wait to see how long it is before some enterprising soul writes the novel. It won’t be me, out of respect for the family.

Meantime, Kenneth is right. The Crown Office cannot let this go without further investigation. If Ayrshire had a more locally accountable police force, it might help.

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  1. Joy
    September 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I have always felt that the English system of Coroner’s courts is better than the Scottish system which leaves much to be desired.

  2. September 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Overall, I can’t agree. When I was young, a cousin of my mother died in her sleep, in her twenties. She had a chronic inoperable (then) heart condition and so it was not as great a surprise as it might have been. Yet the family endured considerable additional distress, courtesy of the Coroner, who delayed the funeral and left the bereaved husband feeling that he was being treated as a suspect.

    That’s how an ordinary working class family was treated. On the other hand, how many did Shipman get away with before the system rumbled him?

    It seems to me that the blame in the Ayrshire case is more likely to lie with the police for a shoddy investigation or with the Crown Office for inadequate oversight, than with the local PF.

  3. Diana
    September 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    As you so rightly say, there is something decidedly off kilter here. I am with you in hoping that there is someone with enough curiosity to follow this and give the family some satisfaction. I refuse to use that Americanism ‘closure’, as the sorrow and memories can never go away, but the certainty of knowing what really happened might give them some peace. Also, if this poor girl was murdered, as, the impression given in the article implies, then somewhere there is a murderer walking around and the reason she was killed may well still exist, not to mention the obvious queries as to why the case was dropped. Oh, for a real life Oz Clark or Primavera.

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