09 January 2020 00:36
Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming (BBC2, 9pm) It led to the trial of two carers accused of murdering 35-year-old Margaret Fleming, and claiming benefits in her name for 16 years. Margaret Fleming murder: what happened after her disappearance, and how killers Edward Cairney and Avril Jones were caught It was a case that shocked Scotland, as Fleming was never reported missing and her body has never been found A new BBC drama will look into the murder trial of Margaret Flemming (Photo: BBC) In 2019, carers Edward Cairney and Avril Jones were convicted of killing Margaret Fleming, a vulnerable adult. During the police investigation, it was revealed that Fleming hadn't been seen since 1999 and that Cairney and Jones had fraudulently been claiming more than £180,000 in Flemmings' benefits for the 16 years that she had been missing. Now, a new two-part BBC documentary, Murder Trial: The Disappearance Of Margaret Fleming, will give viewers unprecedented access into the investigation and into the murder trial at Glasgow's High Court. Here's all you need to know about what happened during the murder trial of Margaret Fleming: Carers Avril Jones and Edward Fleming fraudulently claimed Margaret Fleming's benefits for 16 years after her disappearance (Photo: BBC) Margaret Fleming was a vulnerable adult who went missing in 1999 at the age of 19.
Sixteen years later, she became the focus of a case against her full time carers Edward Cairney and Avril Jones who had fraudulently been claiming her benefits. Cairney went on to take advantage of the strained relationship Fleming had with her mother Margaret Cruickshanks at the time. Sadly, no one knows what happened to Fleming following her disappearance as her body has never been found. "I would say to Cairney and Jones - if you have a scrap of decency you will give the answers to the questions that Margaret's family deserve. Having been known to the authorities as Fleming's full time carers, Cairney and Jones were questioned by the police and gave unbelievable explanations, which raised suspicions that they were involved somehow.
The first episode of Murder Trial: The Disappearance Of Margaret Fleming aired on BBC Scotland on Tuesday 7 January at 10pm. Margaret Fleming vanished from her home more than 20 years ago - neither she nor her body have ever been found. Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, were convicted of murdering Margaret following her disapperance from Glasgow in December, 1999. They didn't report Margaret missing until 2016 and have refused to tell police where her body is. Horrifyingly, Cairney and Jones continued to claim Margaret's benefits during the years between her disappearance and when they finally reported her missing.