The mother of Emma Caldwell has urged Scotland’s new Lord Advocate to tell her the truth about the investigation into her daughter’s death 16 years ago when they meet tomorrow.
Police were ordered to reopen the inquiry in 2015 after a forgotten suspect was revealed but, as the new inquiry enters its seventh year, no one has been charged.
Margaret Caldwell, backed by The Sunday Post, urged the Crown Office in March to prosecute suspect Iain Packer and let a jury decide his guilt or innocence.
We told last month how recently appointed Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC had, within days of being sworn in, promised to meet Mrs Caldwell to discuss progress in the case.
Ahead of the meeting in Glasgow tomorrow, Mrs Caldwell, who has accused police and prosecutors of fobbing her off with meaningless updates, asked the new Lord Advocate to be frank.
“That’s all I want,” she said. “If, for whatever reason, there is no realistic prospect of a prosecution then tell me so. I’ll be disappointed but will at least know the truth and can try to move on. Continually offering false hope seems needless and cruel.
“I hope the Lord Advocate will do more than tell me how much work is being done and how the investigation is at a critical stage and making real progress and how I need to be patient. I have been told that for six years. It is long enough. I hope she tells me the truth.”
The Caldwell family’s solicitor, Aamer Anwar, said: “When Margaret Caldwell meets with the new Lord Advocate she will not be asking for very much – just real hope and a recognition that justice for Emma can no longer be delayed.”
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