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Norman Fraser jailed for killing Michelle McCue

Norman Fraser
Image caption Norman Fraser has convictions stretching back to 1970

A killer who left his victim lying in his living room to go to watch the Champions League final on TV has been jailed for at least 16 years.

Norman Fraser murdered Michelle McCue during an attack at his home in Grangemouth in May 2011.

He later visited a friend and told him: "She's dead. If it wasn't for the Champions League, I would report it."

Judge Lady Stacey gave Fraser a life sentence and said he would serve a minimum of 16 years.

Passing sentence, she said: "You have taken the life of another person and nothing that I can say can reduce the grief and pain that Mrs McCue's family suffer."

Fraser - nicknamed Fuzz by friends - denied a murder charge, claiming the 46 year-old had fallen after a struggle.

But a jury convicted him following a week-long trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Police assault

Fraser was arrested 48 hours after the killing. The 58-year-old was sitting in his chair smoking a cigarette - as Miss McCue's badly beaten corpse still lay beside him.

After his trial, it emerged that Fraser had a criminal past stretching back to 1970. He has a high court conviction for robbery and has also been jailed for fraud.

More recently, he has been in court for police assault and breach of the peace involving a knife.

The trial heard how Miss McCue, from Slamannan in Falkirk, had gone to meet a friend at Fraser's home on 27 May.

Miss McCue was eventually alone with Fraser, who later attacked her.

In his speech to the jury, prosecutor Douglas Fairley said she was subjected to a "violent and prolonged attack" including hitting her with a mop handle.

Fraser later went to visit a friend the next day abandoning the dead body lying in his home.

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