The family of a Fife woman who was murdered by her son are trying to raise £40,000 for a legal challenge to remove him as executor of her estate.
Ross Taggart is serving a minimum 18-year prison sentence after he was convicted of murdering his mother Carol Anne in December 2014.
Despite being jailed for the killing, after which he hid his mother’s body under a caravan at Pettycur Bay, the 33-year-old was left in charge of her £500,000 estate.
Carol Anne’s daughter Lorraine, 30, Bristow and son-in-law Stephen, 33, are trying to raise funds for a legal challenge amid fears Taggart is letting the inheritance “dwindle away”.
Taggart is banned from receiving assets from the estate but has control of decisions over it, including restricting the family’s access to Carol Anne’s house in Dunfermline.
Mr Bristow said: “It’s not right. This is nothing about money, it’s about doing the right thing. It’s to get a bit of closure. The £40,000 is just to go to court.
“We sing off his hymn sheet – we send a question to his lawyers and we have to wait three or four weeks for a response. We complained that the garden was overgrown and it got fixed. But who’s paying the gardener? The estate will be. He’s dwindling it away.”
The family have also launched a petition in an attempt to persuade the Scottish Government to change the law so that convicted murderers can no longer act as will executors.
The campaign has already gathered more than 18,000 signatures.