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Fraser back in jail after appeal
Nat Fraser at court
Nat Fraser's murder appeal follows his 2003 conviction
A man who appealed against a life jail term for killing his wife has been returned to prison to await the judges' decision in the case.

Nat Fraser, 48, was jailed in 2003 after being found guilty of murdering his wife Arlene.

Her body was never found after she went missing in Elgin, Moray, in 1998.

Fraser was on bail while claiming he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Judges decided he should go back to jail pending their decision.

The prosecution case had included claims that Fraser placed Arlene's engagement, wedding and eternity rings in the bathroom of her house several days after she vanished.

Evidence has since emerged that two police officers may have seen the rings in Arlene's house shortly after she disappeared.

He should never have been freed. He was convicted for murder. It was a terrible crime
Carol Gillies

Fraser's defence claimed he suffered a miscarriage of justice because the advocate depute in the trial made Arlene's rings the "cornerstone" of his case.

John Beckett QC, for the Crown, argued other evidence still added up to a compelling case against Fraser.

His request at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh that Fraser's bail, granted in May last year, be rescinded was granted on the grounds of public interest.

The judges will deliver a decision on the appeal at a later date.

Mrs Fraser's father Hector McInnes said he had been surprised by the development.

He said: "I knew it would finish today, but the way it finished, it just completely took the wind out of my sails. I wouldn't have believed it."

Lengthy appeal

Speaking outside the court, he said he hoped Fraser would now remain in jail, but added: "There's no way I'm going pre-judge three judges."

Asked how long he thought it would be before the judgment was ready, Mr McInnes, 67, said: "I don't care because Mr Fraser's in jail. He (Lord Gill) can take as long as he likes."

Mrs Fraser's sister, Carol Gillies, 44, said she felt "complete and utter shock" after Fraser was sent back to prison.

She insisted the convicted killer should not have been released in the first place, adding: "He should never have been freed. He was convicted for murder. It was a terrible crime."

Mrs Gillies went on to praise the Crown's QC for his work over the lengthy appeal.

She added: "I think John Beckett has done us proud. I just feel indebted to him, I really do. He's put his heart and soul into this and he's just represented us and the family fantastically."



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