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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06980: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service plans to commence proceedings in the Caroline Glachan case.

Answered by: James Wolffe QC 17 February 2017

I refer to the questions raised by Ms Baillie MSP for Dumbarton addressed to the Scottish Government in relation to the case of Caroline Glachan. I respond as head of the system of prosecution and investigation of deaths. Caroline Glachan was murdered on 25 August 1996. Her remains were found near the west bank of the river Leven close to Place of Bonhill, Renton, Alexandria. She was aged 14. The circumstances of her death have been the subject of a number of reports submitted by the police to the Crown throughout the years. To date no one has been charged with her murder .There are no plans to commence proceedings at this time. There is insufficient evidence to do so. The police and Caroline’s family made a plea for information on 8 January this year to coincide with what would have been her
35th birthday. As part of that appeal it was made clear any new evidence or lines of enquiry would be pursued and that any opportunities available as a result of advances in forensic science would be applied. The results of these enquiries will be reported to the Crown by the police. The matter will be dealt with by the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service’s Cold Case Review Unit, which is responsible for such cases. Caroline’s family will be advised of any developments.