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 Wednesday, 29 January, 2003, 15:51 GMT
Timeline: Arlene Fraser
Fraser montage
The disappearance ended with a High Court trial
29 January 2003
The jury in the trial of businessman Nat Fraser has found him guilty of murdering his wife who went missing almost five years ago.
Husband guilty of Arlene murder

28 January 2003
Defence and prosecution lawyers in the trial of Nat Fraser, who is accused of murdering his wife Arlene, give their closing speeches to the jury
Closing speeches in murder trial

28 January 2003
Nat Fraser has three charges of attempting to defeat the ends of justice against him dropped.
Arlene husband charges changed

27 January 2003
The husband of missing woman Arlene Fraser denies killing his wife out of greed as he finishes giving evidence at the High Court in Edinburgh. There is also a clash over evidence provided by key prosecution witness Hector Dick and detectives involved in the search for Mrs Fraser.
Arlene 'killed out of greed'

24 January 2003
Nat Fraser tells the court that he loved Arlene and did not murder her. He says the couple's relationship was "stormy at times" but he added that he still wanted her back when they split up in 1998.
Accused husband 'loved Arlene'

22 January 2003
Nat Fraser allegedly warned Arlene that she would "not live with anyone" if she left him. Marion Taylor tells the High Court in Edinburgh Arlene Fraser talked about the threat just days before going missing.
Claim husband warned Arlene

21 January 2003
Hector Dick denies that he killed Arlene. Mr Dick tells the High Court in Edinburgh that Nat Fraser had hired a hitman to kill his wife.
Arlene witness: 'I'm no killer'

20 January 2003
The husband of missing Elgin woman Arlene Fraser hired a killer to murder his wife and then disposed of her remains himself, witness Hector Dick tells the murder trial.
Arlene husband 'hired killer'

Hector Dick
Hector Dick: Turned prosecution witness
20 January 2003
Hector Dick admits burning and crushing a car because of fears that it might be linked to the disappearance of Mrs Fraser.
Arlene witness 'crushed' car

14 January 2003
Two of the three men accused of plotting to murder Arlene Fraser have the charges against them dropped. In a dramatic development, the High Court in Edinburgh hears that the Crown would not be proceeding with charges against Hector Dick and Glenn Lucas.
Arlene murder charges dropped

10 January 2003
Three rings belonging to Arlene Fraser turned up in her bathroom more than a week after she disappeared. Mrs Fraser's stepmother, Catherine McInnes, said she found the wedding, engagement and eternity rings on a rail above the sink.
Rings 'found after disappearance'

9 January 2003
One of three men accused of murdering Arlene Fraser was "hanging about" outside her home a week before she disappeared, the court is told.
Arlene 'saw accused outside her home'

8 January 2003
The mother of Arlene Fraser confronted her son-in-law demanding to know what had happened, a High Court jury is told.
Arlene's mother quizzed son-in-law

7 January 2003
Arlene Fraser disappeared on the day she was due to see a solicitor about a divorce, the High Court hears.
Arlene murder trial opens

Nat Fraser
Nat Fraser on his wedding day
26 April 2002
Three men are indicted for the murder of missing mother Arlene Fraser. The Crown Office said the men involved were Arlene's estranged husband Nat Fraser, his friend Hector Dick and English businessman Glenn Lucas. They are all charged with conspiring to murder Mrs Fraser, murdering her and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Husband charged with Arlene murder

20 June 2001
Hector Dick, one of the men charged with conspiring to murder Arlene Fraser, attempts to kill himself in custody.
Arlene accused attempts suicide

4 June 2001
A 49-year-old man is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice in connection with the Arlene Faser inquiry. Glenn Lucas, from Spalding in Lincoln, makes a brief appearance at Elgin Sheriff Court.
Man denies Arlene inquiry charge

2 April 2001
The husband of Arlene Fraser is jailed for 12 months after admitting legal aid fraud. Sheriff James Penman tells Nat Fraser it was a very serious crime and there is no alternative but to impose a custodial sentence.
Arlene husband jailed again

1 February 2001
A man who admitted trying to pervert the course of justice after a woman's disappearance is jailed for a year. Hector Dick had been accused of concealing the whereabouts of a car sought by detectives investigating the case of Arlene Fraser. Dick pleaded guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice after being caught on video discussing the missing vehicle.
Arlene inquiry man jailed

9 January 2001
A farmer accused of trying to pervert the course of justice in connection with the disappearance of Elgin woman Arlene Fraser changes his plea to guilty. On the fourth day of a trial at Dingwall Sheriff Court, Hector Dick's defence counsel, David Moggach, says his client is pleading guilty to a slightly lesser charge.
Arlene inquiry man pleads guilty

3 January 2001
A Moray mechanic tells a court that he sold a car to a local farmer the night before Arlene Fraser disappeared. Kevin Ritchie claims he did the deal with Hector Dick of Mosstowie, near Elgin.
Arlene case car 'sold to farmer'

2 October 2000
A jury trial linked to the mystery disappearance of Arlene Fraser is postponed. Moray farmer Hector Dick had been due to face charges that he knew the whereabouts of a car which police believed was central to the investigation.
Arlene inquiry trial postponed

22 June 2000
A north-east farmer is accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice in the investigation into the disappearance of Elgin mother Arlene Fraser. Hector Dick from Mosstowie, near Elgin, was to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court on 21 August.
Man charged in Arlene inquiry

1 March 2000
Nat Fraser is jailed for 18 months for assaulting Arlene, who at this stage had been missing for almost two years. Mr Fraser is sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh after previously admitting a reduced charge of compressing his wife Arlene's neck to the danger of her life.
Arlene husband jailed

Arlene Fraser poster
A huge search was launched days after Arlene Fraser's disappearance
9 February 2000
The family of Arlene Fraser said they are disappointed that an attempted murder charge against her husband has been dropped. Nat Fraser, 41, admits a reduced charge of assault by compressing his wife Arlene's neck to the danger of her life.
Arlene family 'sick' over dropped charge

12 November 1999
Nat Fraser appears at the High Court in Aberdeen charged with assaulting and attempting to murder her. The crimes are said to have taken place in the months before Mrs Fraser vanished from her home.
Missing woman's husband in court

28 April 1999
Arlene Fraser's family mark the anniversary of her disappearance with a new appeal for information. Arlene telephoned her children's school at 0941 BST on 28 April, 1998. She has not been heard of since.
New appeal in Arlene mystery

27 October 1998
The senior detective investigating the disappearance of Arlene Fraser said he believes she is dead and the victim of "something criminal". Detective Chief Inspector Peter Simpson said officers had found no evidence that Mrs Fraser, 33, was still alive.
Police fear missing mother is dead

28 April 1998
Arlene Fraser is last seen dropping her children off to school. Grampian Police admits it is baffled by the disappearance.
Search for missing mother stepped up

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