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Tuesday, 1 February, 2000, 11:37 GMT
Plea for Scots anti-stalking law

Marilyn McKenna with Stuart Drury Marilyn McKenna with Stuart Drury


The sister of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend in is calling for the introduction of anti-stalking laws in Scotland.

Aileen McDermott told BBC's Frontline Scotland that the legal system had failed to protect her late sister.

Marilyn McKenna was found dead outside her home in September 1998, killed by her former partner Stuart Drury, who stalked her for months prior to her death.

Drury is now appealing his murder conviction.


Nothing can bring my sister back but if the law is changed through what happened to her at least something positive will have been achieved
Aileen McDermott
She said: "There was a failure to protect my sister right through the legal system.

"Nobody took enough notice of what was happening. He stalked her for months and she received no help, no protection.

"In Scotland all the offences carried out by him are dealt with under breach of the peace and that is not enough.

Court graphic Campaigners want a change in the law


"What we need is a specific anti-stalking law, like in England and Wales, otherwise this could happen again.

"Nothing can bring my sister back but if the law is changed through what happened to her at least something positive will have been achieved."

The Scottish Executive has announced plans for family law reform which include strengthening legal protection for victims of domestic abuse.

This will extend matrimonial interdicts to former spouses and cohabitants, renamed "domestic interdicts", which will not fall when a divorce is granted.

Frontline Scotland will be broadcast on BBC1 Scotland on Tuesday at 2220 GMT.

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