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Missing woman Margaret Fleming ‘did not write letters’

Missing woman Margaret Fleming ‘did not write letters’
Margaret Fleming
Image caption Margaret Fleming became as soon as reported lacking in October 2016

Alleged waste victim Margaret Fleming became as soon as extremely unlikely to beget written three letters attributed to her, per a former teacher.

The typewritten letters beget been dated almost at the moment after Margaret is supposed to beget been killed.

Jacqueline Cahill, fifty five, who taught at Port Glasgow High College informed a court docket they beget been “too subtle”.

Edward Cairney, Seventy seven, and Avril Jones, fifty eight, yell murdering Margaret on the dwelling they shared on Vital Boulevard, Inverkip.

The prosecution claim she became as soon as killed by contrivance unknown between 18 December, 1999 and 5 January, 2000, when she became as soon as 19.

‘Low skill’

They furthermore yell claiming £182,000 in benefits fraud by pretending for 17 years from December 1999 to October 2016 she became as soon as alive.

The English teacher informed the jury Margaret became as soon as “of low skill”.

The court docket has heard that Ms Jones claims that Margaret left with a traveller, nonetheless returned on occasion over the years to compile her benefits money.

Mrs Cahill said that police confirmed her three letters addressed to Mr Cairney and Ms Jones, signed by Margaret and dated between 9 and thirteen January, 2000.

The most main became as soon as posted in Carlisle and the assorted two beget been from Regent Palace Hotel in London.

Prosecutor Iain McSporran QC asked Mrs Cahill: “What became as soon as Margaret’s stage of writing?”

She spoke back: “She could presumably well presumably write unaided or with toughen spherical about 100 phrases.

“There would be a option of errors in it, nonetheless you could well presumably well to find from it what she supposed.”

‘Too subtle’

Mrs Cahill said that in her thought her letters beget been “too subtle” and had a option of phrases spelt precisely which she would beget expected to be wrongly spelt by anyone of Margaret’s skill.

These phrases included “presumably”, “really” and “museum”.

Mr McSporran asked: “Might perhaps presumably also Margaret beget produced these letters?”

She spoke back: “I have faith it is extremely unlikely. She would beget wished a good deal of toughen to attach pen to paper.”

Defence QC Thomas Ross, representing Cairney, observed the learn about did no longer beget any schoolwork to review with the letters.

He then asked the learn about if she ever steered Margaret must composed beget been taken out of mainstream college.

Mrs Cahill spoke back: “No, nonetheless she did require toughen with her literacy.”

Iain Duguid QC, representing Ms Jones, asked Mrs Cahill if the letters could presumably well presumably beget been written for Margaret and she true signed them.

She spoke back: “My personal feeling is that the Margaret I knew have not got produced these letters.

“There could be never this kind of thing as a punctuation. Margaret knew how you’re going to be ready to punctuate.

“The letters beget pretty a cosmopolitan stream of consciousness and use of imagery.”

‘Traveller or mouse’

The jury became as soon as shown the letters which, beget been within the principle rambling and confusing, and without a punctuation.

In a single letter, sent from the London hotel, the creator speaks of “going to Scotland to the mountains and hills to create up my tips if I’m a traveller or a mouse.”

In her evidence Mrs Cahill described Margaret as “very aloof, very worried and really compliant”.

Mr Duguid asked: “Kind you know social workers assessed Margaret as aggressive in opposition to her mom and consideration seeking,” and Mrs Cahill spoke back: “At college she became as soon as aloof and compliant.”

The trial earlier than settle Lord Matthews continues.

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