Margaret Fleming vanished in 1999 (Image: Crown Office /SWNS.COM)
Detectives have appealed to Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, to finally admit what happened to Margaret, the vulnerable young woman they were supposed to be caring for. And their plea has won the backing of Marie McCourt, whose daughter Helen was murdered on Merseyside in 1988 and whose body has never been found. Mrs McCourt has fought for decades for a change in the law to ensure that killers who conceal their victims’ remains cannot be released from prison.
Helen’s Law was included in last month’s Queen’s Speech at Westminster, and there have been calls for the SNP administration to introduce a similar Bill in Scotland.
Mrs McCourt said: “Helen’s Law is for all the people in the same situation as me.
“If killers have been found guilty and all their appeals have been thrown out, then they should be told that they must co-operate with the law and say where the remains of the victim are before they can be considered for release. I think that is only fair enough.”
Helen’s killer, Ian Simms, is being prepared for release in England, even though he still refuses to say what he did with her body.
Cairney and Jones were jailed for life with 14-year minimum terms in July after being