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Son killed mum and hid body under caravan before meeting stranger for sex

Ross Taggart (Pic: Police Scotland)
Ross Taggart (Pic: Police Scotland)

A son strangled his mother and hid her body beneath caravan before meeting a stranger from a dating site to have sex.

Ross Taggart, 31, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of murdering his mother Carol-Anne, 54, and hiding her body in a crawl space underneath a caravan in Dunfermline, Scotland. 

Before reporting her missing to the police he went to the home of woman he met on dating site 'Plenty of Fish', for casual sex.

After meeting the woman, Taggart reported his mother missing, saying she had stormed out of the house after an argument.

In the days following Taggart used her credit card to treat himself to a night out in Edinburgh, where he tried to pawn her jewellery.

He even posted an online appeal for information about his mother, six or seven days after her disappearance.

Carol-Anne Taggart (Pic: Police Scotland)

On December 28th he wrote on Facebook:

“Would just like to thank everyone for their support this week and sharing the police post. Hopefully my mum will turn up. It’s been very much appreciated.”

Taggart repeatedly lied to the police to keep them finding the body which they eventually discovered three weeks after she had been murdered.

Despite Taggart denying the charges of murder and perverting the course of justice, he was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Judge Lord Ulst told him: 'You have been convicted by the unanimous verdict of the jury of the terrible crime of the murder of your mother, a woman who did a great deal, indeed probably too much, for you in the course of her life.

'In the course of an argument... you caused her head injuries and throttled her to death.

'You thereafter embarked on a calculated course of deceit by reporting her as missing to the police and persistently lying about your actions.

'You wrapped your mother's body in linen from the house and caravan which she owned, tied together with twine from your bedroom in the caravan, and placed it in the void under the wooden stairway to a nearby caravan, where it was discovered by the police on 11 January this year.

'You have shown no regret or remorse and even continued to deny your involvement before the jury in the face of overwhelming and unanswerable evidence against you.

'Your response to the evidence against you was at times ludicrous. How you have lived with your conscience since you murdered your mother, I do not know.'

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie said: 'His intentions were to hinder the investigation to find his mother and establish what had happened to her.'

'After Carol-Anne's body was found, it was established she had been subjected to a significant level of violence prior to her death and as a result of the evidence gathered during our inquiries, Ross Taggart was quickly arrested.

After the verdict, Taggart's sister, Lorraine Bistow, read an emotional statement from the family.

She said: “On behalf of the family, I would like to express my thanks to Police Scotland and to the prosecution team for their endeavours in obtaining a solid conviction.

“As a family we will try to move forward. However, even given today’s outcome, we shall never get over my mum Carol’s death. We will simply get further away from the event.

“She was a 54-year-old mum and a gran of five. Despite her strong-willed nature, she was loved by us all and is missed every day by us and we are devastated by how cruelly she was taken from us.”