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Alison McGarrigle jury considers verdict

Alison McGarrigle
Image caption Allison McGarrigle's body has never been discovered

Jurors at the trial of two men accused of murdering a woman who was planning to report them for abusing a young boy have retired to consider their verdict.

Charles O'Neill and William Lauchlan have denied killing Alison McGarrigle in 1997 and dumping her body at sea.

She was reported missing in February 1998. Her body has never been recovered and she was declared dead in 2005.

Mr O'Neill has lodged a special defence of incrimination, saying the murder was committed by another person.

The Crown alleges the men seized Mrs McGarrigle's neck, compressed her throat and murdered her at 16a Waterside Street in Largs.

They are also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice between 21 June 1997 and 1 September 1997 by hiding Mrs McGarrigle's body under rocks on Largs beach, putting it in a bin or similar container then taking it onto a boat and dumping it at sea.

The trial before Lord Pentland at the High Court in Glasgow began on May 17.

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