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09 January 2020 00:36

Michael Sheen Aisling Bea Good Omens

Margaret Fleming murder: what happened after her disappearance, and how killers Edward Cairney and Avril Jones were caught

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.

Despite this, the pair were arrested for her murder in 2017 after the police discovered an overwhelming amount of evidence surrounding the circumstances and their behaviour surrounding Fleming's disappearance, which included bogus letters that Cairney and Jones had claimed were from Fleming. At the time of the investigation and their subsequent arrest, Cairney and Jones insisted that Fleming was alive. Edward Cairney and Avril Jones were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Margaret Fleming (Photo: BBC) Where are Edward Cairney and Avril Jones now? The pair were convicted of murder in July 2019 and were each sentenced to life with a minimum of 14 years in prison. When is Murder Trial: The Disappearance Of Margaret Fleming on TV?

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.

Now, a BBC documentary, Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming, will examine the chilling events that led to her disappearance and Cairney and Jones' convinction almost two decades later. It was 16 years before police launched an investigation into what had happened to Margaret when it became apparent that she had vanished. A probe revealed the last time an independant witness had seen Margaret alive was in December, 1999 and it soon became apparent that something "sinister" had happened to the vulnerable young women. Finally, in October, 2017, 18 years after Margaret had last been seen alive, her carers were arrested. During Cairney and Jones' trial, the court heard Margaret was a "friendless and lonely" young woman who had significant difficulties. Following the death of her father, and because those closest to her "didn't want her", Margaret went to life at Cairney and Jones' home. But one of the police officers at the heart of the case, Sgt Chris McKay, revealed how he became convinced Cairney and Jones were responsible for Margaret's death. But it was Cairney's comments about why Margaret wouldn't return to the home while police were investigating that really convinced Sgt McKay they were behind something terrible happening to the teenager. Cairney and Jones were jailed for a minimum of 14 years for Margaret's murder. THE disappearance and murder of vulnerable teenager Margaret Fleming shook Scotland. Carers Edward Cairney and Avril Jones were convicted last July of killing the 19-year-old at their home in Inverkip, Renfrewshire, sometime between December 1999 and January 2000. Here's all about the case and the new TV documentary - Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming.. What happened to Margaret Fleming? Evil Cairney, 77, and Jones, 59, were convicted of killing Margaret in 2019. 4 Edward Cairney during his trial Credit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Margaret's body has never been found but cops discovered Cairney and Jones had tried to cover up her disappearance by posting bogus letters — supposedly written by the missing teen. Margaret lived with Jones and Cairney from 1997 — two years after her dad Derick died of cancer. A top QC revealed Margaret's killer made a chilling remark to him in court as he prosecuted him for murder. 4 Avril Jones is behind bars Credit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture 4 Iain McSporran QC has opened up on the Margaret Fleming trial Credit: BBC When is documentary Murder Trial: The Disappearance Of Margaret Fleming on TV? The trial of Edward Cairney and Avril Jone was filmed for a BBC documentary. The first part of Murder Trial: The Disappearance Of Margaret Fleming is set to air on BBC Two TONIGHT (January 8). It's made by the team behind the acclaimed BBC Scotland series Murder Case.