A Fife man has been jailed for life after killing his mother and hiding her body under a caravan.
At the High Court in Edinburgh today Ross Taggart, 31, was ordered to serve at least 18 years in prison for the murder of his mother Carol, 54.
Taggart was convicted of murdering his mother and staging a cover-up. He had claimed she had stormed out of the house they shared at Hill of St Margaret, Dunfermline, in the early hours of December 22 last year, sparking a missing person search.
He told concerned friends that his mother had left after they had had an argument. Although he seemed to show concern, unknown to anyone else, he was spending money from her bank account and trying to pawn items of her jewellery.
Her body was found by police on January 11 wrapped in bedding and other material and trussed in twine under a caravan at Pettycur Bay Caravan Park, Kinghorn, near to a caravan she owned at the site.
Speaking for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, John Dunn Procurator Fiscal for the East of Scotland said: “Ross Taggart murdered his mother and then sought to cover up his callous crime by concealing her body and pretending she had left the area after an argument.
“All murders are shocking but the murder of a parent by one of their own children makes it particularly so. It was an appalling crime which stunned not only all those who knew Carol Anne but also the local community.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Carol Anne and it can only be hoped that the conviction and sentence will contribute in some way to their coming to terms with what has happened. “