Jail for man who murdered his mum

Taggart was found guilty at the High Court
Taggart was found guilty at the High Court

A Fife man who was convicted of murdering his mother has been jailed for life.

Ross Taggart (31) was found guilty of the murder of Carol-Anne Taggart following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He was also convicted for attempting to pervert the course of justice after he hid his mother’s body within a caravan park at Pettycur Bay, Kinghorn.

The Crown case showed that he strangled her at her home in Dunfermline on December 21 or 22 last year.

After murdering her he then attempted to evade arrest and cover up his crime by wrapping her body in bedding and hiding it under a static caravan close to one the family owned at the caravan park.

Taggart was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 18 years.

During the trial, further charges of theft and fraud against Taggart were withdrawn by the Crown.

Following the conviction, John Dunn, procurator fiscal for the East of Scotland, said: “Ross Taggart murdered his mother and then sought to cover up his callous crime by concealing her body and pretending she had left the area after an argument.

“All murders are shocking but the murder of a parent by one of their own children makes it particularly so. It was an appalling crime which stunned not only all those who knew Carol-Anne but also the local community.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Carol-Anne and it can only be hoped that the conviction and sentence will contribute in some way to their coming to terms with what has happened.”

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie, from Police Scotland’s major investigation team, said: “During the initial inquiries to trace Carol-Anne Taggart, her son Ross provided various pieces of information to police that were either inaccurate or completely false.

“His intentions were to hinder the investigation to find his mother and establish what had happened to her.

“After Carol-Anne’s body was found, it was established she had been subjected to a significant level of violence prior to her death.

“The conclusion of this trial will now allow the rest of the Taggart family to begin to move on with their lives and I would like to thank them for their continued assistance.”