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Life sentence for man who murdered his partner

A 53 year old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his partner.

Roger John Crossan has been ordered to serve a minimum of 21 years after pleading guilty to murdering 57 year old Moira Gilbertson by striking her with a knife at a flat in Edinburgh in October 2017.

The sentence is the first in the High Court to take account of the statutory aggravation under the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Crossan (known as John) had been in a relationship with his victim and that there was a history of domestic abuse.

Speaking following the sentencing, Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime, said:

“This is another case in which a long and abusive relationship ended with the most severe of consequences.

“Roger John Crossan has been convicted of the murder of his partner Moira Gilbertson, an offence aggravated by abuse towards her.

“The statutory aggravation ensures that, when sentencing, the court takes into account the abuse of a partner.”

On 14 October police forced entry to Crossan’s flat in Dumbiedykes Road after Moira’s family reported her missing. They found her body there covered in a duvet.

A note, in which Crossan expressed sorrow for what he had done, was recovered near to her body.