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Thursday, 11 May, 2000, 22:16 GMT 23:16 UK
Fireman appeals teen murder conviction
Sylvia Fleming's body was found in house foundations
Sylvia Fleming's body was found in house foundations
A part-time firefighter who admitted dismembering and hiding the body of his former girlfriend is to appeal a conviction for her murder.

The remains of 17-year-old Sylvia Fleming, who was pregnant, were found hidden in a house under construction in Omagh, County Tyrone, in May 1998.


Stephen Scott: Appealing murder charge
Stephen Scott: Appealing murder charge
Stephen Scott, 28, from Lisanelly Heights, Omagh, was jailed for life at Ballymena Crown Court last month for the murder.

Lawyers acting for Scott have lodged papers with the Appeal Court in Belfast.

Two other people, Paul Rigby, 21, of Johnston Park, Omagh, and a 17-year-old youth are currently awaiting sentence for their roles in cutting Miss Fleming's body into eight pieces and disposing of it.

Scott had denied murdering Miss Fleming at his home in April 1998, but admitted dismembering, disposing of and concealing her body in the foundations of the partially built house, and also concealing evidence.


Sylvia Fleming was missing for eight weeks before her body was found
Sylvia Fleming was missing for eight weeks before her body was found
He claimed Ms Fleming, who was a care worker, died in a sex game that went wrong.

Mr Scott had said she had consented to being tied to his bed with ropes, gagged and injected with insulin.

During the trial, evidence was also heard that Miss Fleming was robbed of 25 from her coat pocket, and the money used to buy bin-bags and "cleaning products" in an effort to cover her disappearance.

The trial also heard a friend of Miss Fleming's tell how Scott had joined her and the victim's sister, Kathleen, in the hunt for the missing teenager.

Her body was not found until eight weeks after she disappeared from home.

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