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Frank Moore found guilty of Stewart Taylor murder

Frank Moore
Image caption Frank Moore had denied the charges and had claimed he had an alibi

A man who attacked his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in a jealous rage has been found guilty of murder.

Frank Moore, 43, killed Stewart Taylor and left Lynsey Methven for dead after attacking the couple at her home in Edinburgh's Grange area in February.

He was found guilty of the murder of Mr Taylor and attempted murder of Ms Methven, 30.

Police said the "horrific attack" came after Moore had stalked and threatened the couple over a number of weeks.

Moore had denied the charges and had claimed he had an alibi.

Mr Taylor, 34, was originally from Aberdeen.

In a statement, Mr Taylor's family said: "Stewart will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

"We love him dearly and will miss him every day.

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Media captionMoore had been leaving threatening phone messages.

"We would like to thank all the witnesses who came forward and gave evidence under very difficult circumstances and the jury for their verdict today.

"We would also like to thank everyone who tried to save Stewart's life, Lothian and Borders Police and their liaison officers and Gary Allan QC for assisting in ensuring Stewart's killer has been brought to justice."

Moore had stalked the couple over a few weeks, subjecting them to intimidation and threats that culminated in an attack on the couple in Chalmers Crescent on 7 February.

He inflicted severe injuries on both victims, leaving them unconscious, before fleeing the property.

The couple were discovered by firefighters who had been called to deal with a blaze that had broken out in the flat following the attack.

Mr Taylor died shortly after of his injuries including a massive skull fracture after being bludgeoned, and Moore was arrested the following day in Bothwell Street, Edinburgh.

Image caption Stewart Taylor was attacked in a flat in the Grange

The High Court in Edinburgh had heard earlier how bookmakers assistant Ms Methven woke in hospital to find she was blind in one eye, could no longer hear in one ear and her sense of balance was destroyed to the extent that she can no longer walk unaided.

The jury, reduced to 14 by illness, were twice sent home for the night without reaching verdicts.

However, after more than 11 hours in the jury room the nine women and five men decided by majority that Moore was guilty.

They also found him guilty of bombarding Ms Methven with threatening telephone calls and shouting and swearing outside her mother's house in Iona Street, Edinburgh.

Moore was further found guilty of stealing Mr Taylor's phone, attempting to destroy evidence and possessing a stun gun at his Bothwell Street flat.

Lord Pentland told Moore: "You stand convicted by the jury of the savage and depraved murder of Mr Stewart Taylor, an innocent young man who had done you no harm at all, and the brutal attempted murder of your former partner, Lynsey Methven.

Image caption Lynsey Methven told the court she had no recollection of what happened in the flat

"These were despicable crimes."

Det Supt Allan Jones, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "This was an horrific attack on an innocent couple whose main wish was to share a happy future together.

"They had hoped that Moore too would get on with his life, but he continued his threatening behaviour, motivated by malicious jealousy borne from rejection. Neither victim could have predicted the levels of violence that he was capable of.

"His actions have had a devastating impact on Stewart Taylor's family, and on Lynsey Methven, and I would like to pay tribute to them for their courage during what has been a harrowing ordeal.

"Our thoughts are with them for the future."

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