Real life Cracker: “Suzanne death could be accident”

By Paul Thornton

A REAL life Cracker has said that Suzanne Pilley’s killer may have taken her life by mistake and hidden the body in a panic.

Dr Ian Stephen, who advised on the hit crime drama starring Robbie Coltrane, said that details of the murder case suggest that the 38-year-old’s murder had not been planned.

The consultant criminal psychologist, who regularly helps police forces with complex cases, points to claims that the bookkeeper’s killer shopped for a spade, clothes and make-up in a remote Argyll village, as evidence that the death may have happened unexpectedly.

Dr Stephen said that had whoever killed Suzanne planned to do it, then he would expect the murderer to be better prepared.

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Helicopter lifts rally driver to hospital after smash

By Paul Thornton

A RALLY car navigator was recovering in hospital last night after a horror crash at an event in Berwickshire.

Andy Richardson was pulled from the wreck by rally workers after the Fiesta R2 he was co-driving smashed into a tree during the Jim Clark Rally on Saturday.

Mr Richardson was pulled from the wrecked car and airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by air ambulance following the smash near Duns around 11am.

He was being treated for back injuries although they are not thought to be life threatening, while the racing driver Peter Taylor was uninjured.

Mr Richardson, from Penrith, was guiding Mr Taylor, from Carlisle, in the driver’s first ever rally season when the crash happened. Continue reading

Heather’s bones binned by bungling cleaners

By Paul Thornton

MISSING bones from the body of tragic Heather Stacey were chucked out by workers hired to clear out her flat after she was evicted.

The murdered 44-year-old was given the boot from the Edinburgh flat weeks before her dismembered remains were found scattered across the capital.

And when council bosses sent in a squad of cleaners to empty the property for new tenants in December 2008 their bungling workers found a bone belonging to the mother-of-four.

Instead of reporting the gruesome find –thought to be part of Heather’s arm – the firm simply took it to a waste disposal site and it has never been seen again.

Heather moved into the flat in January 2007 but lost contact with family and support workers towards the end of that year.

Little was anyone to know that her fiancé Alan Cameron, 56, had murdered the woman he was supposed to love.

It is not known how Cameron killed Heather but she died sometime between November 29 and December 11, 2007. Continue reading