Janice Farman's funeral held in Mauritius

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The funeral procession stopped at Tamarin beach, which Ms Farman used to visit

The funeral of Janice Farman has taken place in Mauritius, 20 days after she was killed during a robbery at her home.

The service took place at the St Augustin Church in Petite Rivière Noire.

Three men have appeared in court in connection with the 47-year-old's murder.

The programme for the service was finalised by her former husband Jean Baptiste Moutou.

Their son Gavin, who has autism, attended the ceremony accompanied by officers from the Child Development Unit.

Black River police and officers of the Major Crime Investigation Team were also present.

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Janice Farman had lived in Mauritius for many years

The funeral procession stopped at Tamarin beach, which Ms Farman used to visit.

She was later cremated. Her ashes will be buried at the St Martin Cemetery in Bel Ombre on 30 July.

Her parents, who heard about her death through social media, were unable to attend her funeral due to ill health.

Doreen and Alexander Kerrigan, from Erskine in Renfrewshire, said their daughter's death had left a "huge void" in their lives.

In a letter they told of their daughter's wishes to be cremated.

"We and Janice spoke several times about the fact that we wished to be cremated on our deaths and she always stated that she wished to be cremated also," they wrote.

"Never ever did we think that she would precede us.

"We hope and pray that her wish to be cremated is carried out with the dignity and respect which she deserves and that, the urn containing her ashes is given to her beloved son Gavin, our grandson, which we know is what she would have wanted."

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Last week, the men accused of Ms Farman's murder were taken to the crime scene as part of the investigation

At the funeral service, two of Ms Farman's friends and former colleagues, known only as Lorna and Read, delivered testimonies.

"She was always keen to help and nurture those who crossed her path," Read said.

"She had a lot of empathy and the word difficult was never in her vocabulary.

"Janice has left a legacy in this country and it will be hard to follow in her footsteps.

"I'm so proud that Janice forms part in our life and she will never be forgotten".

Addressing Gavin, Lorna said: "You are all her life and where she is surrounded by the angels she will always looking down Gavin.

"She was a wonderful mother. She is at peace where she is now and we will all miss her".

The men accused of involvement in Ms Farman's murder are Anish Soneea, 18, Ravish Rao Fakhoo and Kamlesh Mansingh, both 25.

Last week, they returned to the crime scene as part of the police investigation and took part in a reconstruction of alleged events.