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Saturday, 18 August, 2001, 08:18 GMT 09:18 UK
Plea to tighten stalking laws
Stuart Drury
Drury stalked Marilyn McKenna before murdering her
Calls have been renewed for tighter anti-stalking laws in Scotland following the conviction of brutal killer Stuart Drury on Friday.

Drury, 35, stalked Marilyn McKenna for a year before he beat the mother-of-three to death with a claw hammer in an attack near her Glasgow home three years ago.

Friday's verdict at the High Court in Edinburgh was the second time Drury had been found guilty of the brutal murder of Miss McKenna after his first conviction quashed on appeal and a re-trial was brought.

According to Miss McKenna's family she had been stalked and terrorised by Drury for more than a year before the attack in September 1998.

Marilyn McKenna
Marilyn McKenna: Sought protection
Miss McKenna had called the police on numerous occasions and had an interdict banning Drury from approaching her.

But her efforts to get protection turned out to be useless.

When she was finally moved to a "safe house" it took Drury just two weeks to find it and her ex-directory telephone number.

Marilyn's sister Aileen McDermott said: "He had been on the telephone and he was really angry. She said he was threatening her and he was really abusive.

"She said to me that night: 'Aileen I'm going to be found in a pool of blood.'"

Legal loophole

At the original trail Drury was found guilty of murder but he appealed against the conviction on the grounds that the judge had mis-directed the jury on a legal point about provocation.

Drury claimed that his relationship with Marilyn was ongoing.

He said he had been provoked into violence when he saw her with another man.

Experts warn that such claims of provocation could provide a legal loophole in other similar cases.

Dr Mairead Tagg from Easterhouse Women's Aid said: "Marilyn did everything by the book. She followed the expectations of society which is that an abused woman should leave her abuser, should contact the police, should take out an interdict, should protect her children.

"She did all of that an still ended up paying with her life and, frankly, where are her human rights."

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"The family have had to endure two trials."
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"According to her family she had been stalked for more than a year."
See also:

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Killer convicted for second time
21 Jun 01 | Scotland
Court overturns murder conviction
11 Jan 01 | Scotland
New effort to tackle stalking
23 Mar 00 | Scotland
Stalking law inquiry begins
01 Feb 00 | Scotland
Plea for Scots anti-stalking law
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