The new head of Scotland’s prosecution service has been urged to deliver justice to the family of murder victim Emma Caldwell.
Dorothy Bain QC is the Scottish Government’s nominee to be the new Lord Advocate, succeeding James Wolffe, who promised Emma’s mother, Margaret, four years ago that “no stone would be left unturned” to win justice for her daughter.
She was murdered in 2005 but police were ordered to reopen the murder inquiry 10 years later after exposure of a forgotten suspect, Iain Packer. He was said to be obsessed with Emma, had a raging temper and assaulted other women. However, detectives who interviewed him repeatedly at the time, did not speak to him again after he took officers to the remote woods where she was found dead.
Mrs Caldwell, backed by the Sunday Post, has now called on Packer to be prosecuted to allow a jury to decide his guilt or innocence as the reopened inquiry enters its seventh year.
Last week, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar urged the new Lord Advocate to act with “purpose” in the case and others, including the death of 10-year-old Milly Main, who died after contracting an infection linked to the water supply at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow,
Speaking in a debate on justice at Holyrood, Sarwar said: “We will call, as in the cases of Emma Caldwell, Milly Main and far too many others, for the new Lord Advocate to act with compassion and purpose to ensure that not only is the law followed, but justice is done.”
The Crown Office said: “The Lord Advocate paid careful attention to the comments of all the party spokespeople as she was unanimously approved for appointment by the Scottish Parliament. As Scotland’s most senior prosecutor she will act independently of politics and has said she will do her best to serve the people of Scotland.”
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