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'Tell us what happened to Arlene'

Hector McInnes, Carol Gillies and Isabelle Thompson
Hector McInnes, Carol Gillies and Isabelle Thompson spoke to the media

Relatives of murdered Elgin woman Arlene Fraser have urged her husband to reveal what happened to his wife.

Arlene's father Hector McInnes was speaking after Nat Fraser failed in his attempt to have his murder conviction overturned on appeal.

He was found guilty in February 2003 of murdering 33-year-old Arlene, whose body has never been found.

Fraser, who has always protested his innocence, was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Mr McInnes said: "If he tells us where Arlene is then we would accept a lesser sentence."

Arlene's father explained: "We are content that Mr Fraser is back behind bars.

"He has given us all a life sentence and it's only proper that he should have a life sentence. "

I just see him as a source of information, just a thing that has information
Carol Gillies
Arlene Fraser's sister

Mr McInnes spoke to the media with Arlene's mother Isabelle Thompson and sister Carol Gillies.

Ms Thompson said: "I feel I should be jumping for joy, but I don't feel that way.

"I still feel disbelief this has happened in the first place. That's the end hopefully of the legal side of things."

She added that she had "no doubt at all" that Fraser was responsible for her daughter's death.

Arlene's sister spoke of her "sheer relief" at the decision to uphold Fraser's murder conviction.

"I really feel quite numb," she said. "We have waited two years for this result, it's nearly two years since Nat was released. I didn't think he would go back to jail.

"When he was sent back to jail in December that was a great comfort to us."

Feel nothing

When asked of her feelings towards Fraser now, Ms Gillies replied: "Strangely enough I don't feel anything.

"I just see him as a source of information, just a thing that has information."

She said she had to accept that the family would probably never find out exactly what happened to her sister.

"We have to try and get out lives back on track after 10 years," she said.

"I'm hoping this is the end of an era. Ten years is a long time to go through this.

"We are really grateful for all the media support. We would like to just quietly walk away and grieve in peace. I think the last few years the focus has been on Nat Fraser and now we would like the focus to be on Arlene."

She described her sister as a "scatterbrain" who was a down-to-earth, easy-going, laid-back character who loved her children.

"I have often wondered what she would have thought of all this," she added.

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