Carers of woman not seen since 1999 accused of murder

Carers of a vulnerable woman, who has not been seen since 1999, allegedly tied her up before killing her and dumping her body.

Margaret Fleming, 36, was reported missing from her home in Inverkip, Renfrewshire, on October 28 last year.

Police were alerted to her disappearance by her carers Eddie Cairney, 76, and Avril Jones, 57, who appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court to face four charges.

They are accused of abduction, assault and murder and fraud worth £182,000 from benefits they claimed. 

Edward Cairney, 76, has appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court after being detained on Thursday and arrested last night. He is pictured arriving at court this morning

Edward Cairney, 76, has appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court after being detained on Thursday and arrested last night. He is pictured arriving at court this morning

 The carers arrived at court in the same G4s Ford car but at separate times. Cairney is pictured

 The carers arrived at court in the same G4s Ford car but at separate times. Cairney is pictured

Margaret Fleming, 36, was reported missing from her home in Inverkip, Renfrewshire, on October 28 last year

Margaret Fleming, 36, was reported missing from her home in Inverkip, Renfrewshire, on October 28 last year

Margaret Fleming, 36, was reported missing from her home in Inverkip, Renfrewshire, on October 28 last year

The pair were remanded in custody on Friday after their lawyers’ requests for bail were rejected by Sheriff David Hall.

Prosecutors say Cairney and Jones locked Ms Fleming in a room in their former home in Inverkip, bound her arms and wrists with tape and held her hostage between November 1997 and January 2000.

It is alleged that between December 18, 1999, and January 5, 2000, while acting together, they murdered her by inflicting blunt force trauma on her or by means presently unknown.

Cairney and Jones are accused of disposing of the body and illegally claiming disability payments and carers allowance - knowing that Ms Fleming was dead.  

Neither Cairney nor Jones made any plea during separate

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