Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming
Creator: Matt Pinder
Humpo Show Rating | 8.5
The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming follows a major case that unfolded in 2019 and saw carers Edward Cairney and Avril Jones accused of murder.
The disappearance of a vulnerable young woman from the Scottish village of Seacroft is the focus of this programme and how she went unnoticed and without investigation for almost 20 years. Over the course of two episodes, we get an inside look into the police’s investigation, the trial at Glasgow’s High Court and the stories behind the defence and prosecution teams.
Fleming’s disappearance wasn’t knowledge until 2016 when an application for Personal Independence Payment benefits made in her name aroused the suspicions of police. Later it emerged that the two people understood to be Fleming’s full-time carers – Cairney and Jones – had fraudulently claimed her benefits for 16 years, taking over £180,000.
With in-court access to an unfolding trial that gripped Scotland, The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming tells the story of a prosecution without a body and a community without answers. Filmed both inside and outside of the courtroom, this case takes viewers deep into the inner workings of Scotland’s justice system as a small community is coming to terms with the prospect of a potentially brutal and calculated crime occurring unnoticed in its midst.
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