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Fraser will learn appeal outcome

Nat Fraser at court
Nat Fraser's murder appeal follows his 2003 conviction

Convicted wife killer Nat Fraser will discover if he has succeeded in his appeal against conviction on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old was jailed for life in 2003 after a jury found him guilty of murdering his estranged wife Arlene more than a decade ago in Moray.

Three senior judges at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh will issue their decision on whether the conviction should stand.

Television cameras will be allowed into court to film the result.

Fraser, who spent more than 18 months on bail ahead of his full appeal hearing, was ordered back behind bars five months ago, pending the decision.

Mrs Fraser was 33 when she disappeared from her home in New Elgin on 28 April 1998.

Complex investigation

Her body has never been found and her family believed she would never abandon her children and were convinced she had been murdered.

The disappearance led to one of the largest and most complex investigations to be mounted by Grampian Police.

In 2003, Fraser was found guilty of murder and was ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison for what the judge called an "evil, cold-blooded killing".

In December of that year, Fraser lodged an appeal against his conviction.

Two months later, the Elgin businessman was freed on bail after judges heard the grounds of appeal in his case were "compelling".

The process came to a head in November last year when a full appeal, spanning several days, took place.

The BBC confirmed last week that its cameras would be allowed into court to film the result.


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