More than 100 days after the arrival of a new Lord Advocate promising to make the case her priority, there is still no justice for Emma Caldwell.
Dorothy Bain QC was sworn in 125 days ago in June. Within days she requested a meeting with Emma’s mother, Margaret Caldwell, to discuss the case – 16 years after her daughter was murdered and six years after police were ordered to reopen their investigation when a forgotten suspect was revealed.
In March, as the reopened murder inquiry entered its seventh year and backed by The Sunday Post, Mrs Caldwell urged prosecutors to charge the suspect, Iain Packer, and let a jury decided his guilt or innocence.
Bain met Mrs Caldwell in July and again earlier this month, but the Crown Office last week confirmed no one had been charged.
Emma, from Erskine in Renfrewshire, was found on forestry land in South Lanarkshire in 2005. After a two-year murder probe, the case against four Turkish men collapsed.
But police were ordered to reopen the inquiry in 2015 after it emerged Packer – who had a history of violence against women and was said to have been obsessed with Emma – had taken detectives to the woodland where she was found but was never interviewed again.
Packer, who has denied responsibility, declined to comment in March when approached by The Post.
Speaking in March, Mrs Caldwell, 72, told us: “We have waited 16 years and we have had no answers. They asked me to be patient. For what? For how long?”
The Crown Office last night confirmed there have been no developments in the case.
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